Garbage crisis Day 12

Garbage crisis Day 12: Govt comes up with 6-point plan

Aurangabad: The state government on Tuesday submitted a six-point solution for city’s garbage crisis while seeking the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court to allow government and civic body dump the garbage in Naregaon-Mandki area for three more months till a permanent solution is found.
However, the bench, comprising justices S S Shinde and S M Gavhane, said that the court is not suggesting where to dump the garbage. “It is not proper for us to make a suggestion. You have to take a decision on your own. When the issue is so sensitive a sensible official must not be sleeping well. It’s a war like situation,” it said.

While wondering whether the officials concerned were not willing to sort out the issue the court said that “we are concerned over fundamental rights of the citizens”.

In a letter submitted to the high court the government has suggested six points, including its suggestion for the civic body, to take the assistance of civic response team to segregate the garbage at the source for next three months.

The government and the civic body pointed out that there were three alternate spots — Mitmita (adjacent to civic body’s proposed safari park), Adgaon and Tisgaon — where the garbage could be dumped.

The district collector suggested that alternate dumping site could be the Safari Park land. “The government owns 67 hectare of land in Mitmita of which 40 hectare has been allotted for the safari park while remaining 27 hectare could be used for temporarily dumping of the solid waste,” he said.

However, municipal commissioner intervened saying it would not be a feasible place as it would amount to breach of trust, considering the conditions on which the safari park was allotted land.

He also argued that local people don’t allow civic body officials to even inspect these places.

To this the court asked them to survey and visit the probable spots on Tuesday itself with the help of police and come up with a plan on Wednesday at 2.30 pm on dumping of the waste as per the Waste Management Rules 2016.

The court also expressed concerned over the delay in the process that might result into break out of epidemics that would pose threats to the citizens health. The civic body also submitted current status of garbage in the city.

“As on today 3,481 tonne of waste is in pits, while 1,949 tonne lay on road. On February 10, the civic body lifted 407.72 tonne of waste while 470.01 tonne and 433.78 tonne were lifted on February 12 and 13, respectively. The civic body has 306 garbage disposing vehicles of which 138 carry 421 tonne of garbage,” the AMC official informed.

Aurangabad resident Rahul Kulkarni had approached the high court, through lawyer Devdutta Palodkar, seeking directions to the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation as well as the state government authorities to dispose of the garbage according to the Waste Disposal Rules 2016.

The civic body would earlier dump city’s garbage in Naregaon-Mandki dumping ground for the past 40 years. However, local residents, armed with legal decisions in their favour, had served a notice to the civic body about six months ago that they would not allow dumping at Naregaon.

They stopped the trucks carrying garbage after giving a few more days to the civic body. However, the civic body failed to find out an alternate place and instead roped in government officials and ministers to seek some more time from the villagers.

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