Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Monday direct state government to submit status report on draft action plan for Solid Waste Management (SWM) bylaws.
The directions from the division bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Sanjeev Kumar came after petitioner counsel told the court that public feedback sought by the state on draft byelaws was published in low circulated newspapers.
Earlier, Senior Additional Advocate General (AAG), B A Dar informed court that a meeting as directed by the court vide its order dated 17.9.18 had been convened under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary of the state and the draft Action Plan about SWM bylaws has been forwarded to Secretary Tourism for seeking suggestions from general public.
Dar added that for seeking suggestions to SWM bylaws, information was published in various newspapers to which petitioner counsel stated that information was published in low circulating newspapers.
On hearing this, the court directed for status of whole process to be submitted on next hearing.
On previous hearing, the court had asked state government to examine the Solid Waste Management bylaws (SWM bylaws) of other states of the country and had asked if the SWM bylaws require to be notified by the government in accordance with the provisions of the Environment Protection Act (EPA).
Meanwhile the court also directed Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to file an affidavit indicating therein management of Solid Waste Management in the Srinagar city.
The court observed that implementation of solid waste management bylaws was badly needed.
“We need to sensitize our environment with care and cleanliness. We are living in modern era and every citizen and particularly government authorities have to join hands in making our cities and rural places clean. The same care should be given to eco-fragile destinations,” the court remarked.