High Court Seeks Centre’s Reply On PIL Against Municipal Solid Waste Rules 2016

High Court Seeks Centre’s Reply On PIL Against Municipal Solid Waste Rules 2016

The petition questioned the 2016 rule which states that local authorities will be exempted from liability for non-implementation of waste segregation
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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court sought response of the Centre on a PIL which has challenged the municipal solid waste rules to the extent they hold individuals and not local bodies liable for non-segregation of garbage at source.

While passing the order, the court asked the petitioner society, Sach, as to what was wrong with the public segregating the waste they generate as it was being done all over the world. “It should be a duty. It is high time citizens do their duty. In our country, people only have rights and no duties,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said.

It issued notices to the ministries of Environment and Urban Development and sought their stand on the plea by September 24. The court also appointed Sunita Narain, director of Centre for Science and Environment, as an amicus curiae to assist it in the matter.

The petition has claimed that under the Municipal Solid Waste Rules of 2000 the responsibility of segregation of garbage was with the municipal bodies or state instrumentalities.

However, under the latest rules of 2016, the responsibility has shifted to individuals and the local authorities have been exempted from liability for non-implementation of the provisions, the plea said.

Also Read: Residential Societies And Commercial Establishments In Bengaluru May Get A Rebate On Garbage Cess If They Practice Composting On Premises

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  1. Nikita Yogi Ganatra

    It has to be a joint effort, or else one will keep blaming the other and its a vicious cycle. Today in my own society I see Individuals saying “whats the point of segregating they mix it all eventually and no process is followed” and I hear the local body saying “how much to tell, there are so many who still don’t follow the process of segregation and our effort is a waste” and all is back to square one after a few days. The process should make sure there is no room for either party to escape and makes one dependent on the other in such a way that they have no option left. The problem is we keep many options open god knows for who and what.

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