Chandigarh civic body told to simplify draft policy for construction waste management

Chandigarh civic body told to simplify draft policy for construction waste management

Dushyant Singh Pundir

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18

To make it easier for residents, the UT Administration has decided to fine-tune the draft policy for the management of construction and demolition (C&D) waste in the city.

During a meeting on the C&D waste management, UT Adviser Dharam Pal directed the MC Commissioner to simplify the draft policy so that it is easy to understand and also easy to implement.

Policy decision

  • Under the policy, it will be made mandatory for all those constructing or reconstructing their houses to send the C&D waste to the processing plant.
  • Those reconstructing their houses will be levied C&D waste processing charges at the rate of Rs176 per square metre per storey. Rs22 per square metre will be charged for new construction at the time of approval of the building plan from the Estate Office or the MC.
  • Chandigarh generates nearly 90 tonnes of C&D waste every day.
  • Violators will be challaned at the rate of Rs5,500 per vehicle for dumping unprocessed waste in the city.

After fine-tuning the policy, it will be ready within a week, said Dharam Pal.

In August, the Administration had finalised the draft policy to process 100 per cent waste being generated in the city and use it to make recycled items like gravel and slabs, which can be used in the construction of roads.

Under the policy, it will be made mandatory for all those constructing or reconstructing their houses to send the C&D waste to the processing plant in the Industrial Area.

As per the policy, those reconstructing their houses will be levied C&D waste processing charges at the rate of Rs176 per square metre per storey and Rs22 per square metre for new construction at the time of approval of the building plan from the Estate Office or the MC. As an incentive, if a waste generator brings the C&D waste to the processing plant, he/she could take back 50 per cent of the volume of the waste in recycled items. Before approving the building plan, the generators will be given an option to either send the waste material directly to the processing plant or ask the MC to pick it up after paying the applicable charges.

It will also be mandatory for all government departments, boards and corporations to send their C&D waste to the processing plant. Chandigarh generates nearly 90 tonnes of C&D waste every day. The waste generator will be challaned at the rate of Rs5,500 per vehicle for dumping unprocessed waste in the city.

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