The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday directed the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to pay tipping fee of Rs 500 per tonne daily to the Jaypee Group, the company running the only garbage processing plant of the city.
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On a daily basis, 380 to 400 tonnes of garbage is sent to the plant at Dadumajra for processing. Now, the civic body will have to pay Rs 500 per tonne on the output (tonnes processed). The plant processes about 260-320 tonnes daily and paying Rs 500 per tonne is going to cost the civic body highly dear. If the civic body will have to pay Rs 500 per tonne for 300 tonnes, it would cost Rs 45 lakh every month.
A counsel for the MC said: “We have been directed to pay Rs 500 per tonne on the output. The Jaypee Group has been asked to deposit bank security with us.”
The tribunal told the municipal corporation to complete the process of hiring a new company for the purpose by March 31. However, the tipping fee had to be paid till March 31 on the said rates to the Jaypee Group.
The National Green Tribunal also constituted a committee, comprising the secretary pollution, an officer of the municipal corporation and a representative from the plant. The committee would review the situation every week and a prepare a weekly report.
The tribunal directed the Jaypee Group not to reject any garbage sent to them. After stating that it was going into losses and the MC was not paying tipping fee, the Jaypee Group had suspended operations of the plant on July 11.
Back-to-back protests took place after the company left the officials in the lurch by suspending operations at the Dadumajra plant.
The residents of the area complained of various health problems caused by the unprocessed garbage that was lying there.
The civic body then moved the NGT for immediate relief, following which the Jaypee Group was directed to open the plant and resume operations on or before July 27.
When the Jaypee Group told the NGT that it could not continue operations because it was going into losses, the NGT asked the municipal corporation and the company to solve the issue amicably.
Following this, the civic body and the Jaypee Group mutually decided to terminate the contract between them. Thereafter, the civic body considered a UP-based company to take over the operations.
Earlier, the Jaypee Group had sent letters to the MC to give tipping fee, but the civic body never approved of it.