The Board has slapped notices on Mayor and Municipal Commissioner and squarely blamed the NMC for not disposing garbage in city within the stipulated time. Both the top bosses have been directed to appear before Board’s Member Secretary Rajivkumar Mittal on September 15.
Nagpur Mayor and Municipal Commissioner have found themselves in “Neck deep trouble” for bungling in disposal of solid waste in Nagpur city in general and green belt in particular. Both the top bosses have been censured severely by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Nagpur and ultimately put on notice for failing to implement solid waste management laws properly and effectively. The Board has squarely blamed the NMC for not disposing garbage in city within the stipulated time and subsequently, summoned both Mayor and Municipal Commissioner to appear before Member Secretary of Board, said the notice of the Board.
The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board had submitted an action plan to NMC and had directed it to dispose the solid waste of the city within four months. The Board had also directed NMC to erect an ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant) for slaughter-houses at Bhandewadi. The civic body was told in clear terms to implement solid waste management in real sense of laws. But the Board, during an inspection, found no initiative whatsoever on the part of NMC in this connection and noted that the old garbage process plant was in precarious condition. The carelessness by NMC has resulted in heaps and heaps of garbage lying in vacant ground and thereby causing stinky atmosphere and also posing health hazards to citizens, said the enarged Board.
Moreover, the Pollution Control Board said, the NMC has not moved an in inch in building the plant by which the garbage was to be converted into fuel and added that the garbage collecting machinery is proving to be inadequate. This apathetic attitude of NMC is putting the health of citizens in grave danger, warned the Board and put the officials on the edge by slapping a notice and directed them to submit their written reply by September 12. Even the Mayor and Municipal Commissioner have been directed to appear before the Board Member Secretary Rajivkumar Mittal at 12 noon on September 15 and come clean in this regard.
Rs 40 lakh fine by National Green Tribunal:
The NMC was forced to pay heavy price for its failure in solid waste management when National Green Tribunal slapped a fine of Rs 20 lakh on the civic body and another Rs 20 lakh on M/s Hanjer Biotech Energies Private Limited, the private operator of solid waste treatment plant at Bhandewadi, and directed the District Collector to recover the amount. The Tribunal had also directed the Collector to utilize the amount in preserving Nagpur environment if the NMC failed to implement solid waste management laws.