Waste management: Panel issues notice to 4 housing societies in Chandigarh for violating rules

Waste management: Panel issues notice to 4 housing societies in Chandigarh for violating rules

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25

The Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) today served notice to four housing societies for non-compliance of Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.

The notices have been issued to BSNL Society, Sector 50, Progressive Society, Sector 50, Pushpak Society, Sector 49, and Kendriya Vihar Society, Sector 48, under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

During a Swachh Survekshan review meeting yesterday, UT Adviser Dharm Pal had directed the Member Secretary, CPCC, to issue notices to these societies besides putting up display signs of the ‘Non-compliance society’ outside their premises.

The duties of waste generators specified in rule 4 of the Solid Waste Management Rules are not being complied with properly, resulting in improper disposal of municipal solid waste by the societies, observed Debendra Dalai, Member Secretary, CPCC, in the notices issued to the societies.

The four societies have been directed to comply with the said rules and intimate the action taken in this regard to the committee with a copy to the Municipal Corporation within seven days of issuance of the notice. In case of failure in complying with the said rules, action under Section 15 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, and the other action as per law shall be initiated against the societies.

According to the rules, all gated communities and institutions with more than 5,000 sq m area shall, within a year from the date of notification of the Solid Waste Management Rules and in partnership with the local body, ensure segregation of waste (wet, dry, domestic hazardous and sanitary waste) at source by the generators, facilitate collection of segregated waste in separate streams, hand over recyclable material to either the authorised waste pickers or the authorised recyclers.

The bio-degradable waste (wet waste) shall be processed, treated and disposed of through composting or bio-methanation within the premises as far as possible. The residual waste (dry, domestic hazardous and sanitary waste) shall be given to the waste collectors or agency as directed by the local body.

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