THE SHIMLA Municipal Corporation has served a notice on the company managing the garbage processing plant at Dadumajra, objecting to their holding back of trucks of garbage from the Himachal Pradesh capital and not treating the garbage.
The civic body has also been quick to approve an advance payment of Rs 2 lakh as tipping fee for the plant in order to get its trucks released.
However, Shimla Municipal Commissioner Pankaj Rai said “this is no way to demand the fee”. “After we got to know that the plant authorities have held back our trucks in Chandigarh and are not releasing them, we immediately approved an advance payment of Rs 2 lakh as tipping fee.”
Apart from a decision of paying tipping charges of Rs 210 per tonne to the Chandigarh plant authorities, the Shimla MC passed an order within hours on Friday for making an advance payment.
Shimla MC health officer Dr Sonam Negi said that it was a criminal offence. “It is equivalent to demanding ransom by keeping somebody hostage. The truck drivers have been there for three days. The contractor is based in Chandigarh, so the drivers have been managing their meals.”
Negi said they had sent a notice to the plant stating when it was an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), how they were not unloading the garbage and not allowing the trucks to come back to Shimla.
For the last three days, trucks of garbage from Shimla have not been unloaded and not allowed to go back.
However, manager of the garbage plant R D Sharma said that although they had refused to accept the garbage from Shimla, they did not know where the trucks were. “Three-four days ago, we did refuse to accept the garbage but we don’t know where the trucks are. Till now no garbage has come to us,” he added.
However, contractor Sukhwinder Singh told Chandigarh Newsline for the last three days, the trucks had not been allowed to go back to Shimla due to non-payment of tipping fee and were parked near the plant itself. He said that the drivers had been staying in the trucks since then.
Following closure of the solid waste management plant at Bhariyal on the outskirts of Shimla, the NGT on October 1, 2015, had passed orders for processing the waste generated in Shimla district at the Dadumajra garbage processing plant. Since October 5, 60 tonnes of garbage had been coming to Chandigarh daily.