Dehradun : Expressing distress over the lack of solid waste management in the state, a division bench of the Uttarakhand high court of chief justice Vipin Sanghi and justice RC Khulbe has issued an email id, on which citizens can register garbage-related complaints.
While hearing a PIL seeking a ban on single-use plastic, the court said that ” no serious work is being done on the ground on garbage disposal and officials concerned are busy only in completing paperwork “. The court has fixed the next hearing on November 24. Meanwhile, officials of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation ( DMC ) said that they are not aware of any specific orders from the high court. During the hearing, the HC directed the state government to not allow those producers, importers, and brand owners, who do not register with the Uttarak hand state pollution control board ( PCB ) within the next 15 days, to run business in the state. Besides, the government has been asked to ensure that all ” products packed in plastic sachets or pouches do not enter the boundary of the state “.
Ordering commissioners of Garhwal and Kumaon divisions, the court said, ” We make it clear that mere issuance of directions on paper by the higher authorities can not be considered as discharge by them of their respective obligations, as it falls on them to ensure that their directions are complied with. The issues we are confronted with cannot be resolved merely by sitting in a closed office room. “
Both the commissioners have been ordered to get in action with district magistrates of all 13 districts to make ground surveys, town by town and village by village, to ensure solid waste management is implemented. Com missioners are also directed to submit compliance affidavits before the next date. If failed, they will have to remain present in court to explain their non – compliance with HC directions.