A division bench of the Karnataka High Court (HC),hearing a PIL to set right the garbage disposal system in Bangalore,asked the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) Thursday to ensure segregation of waste by citizens is the main focus of the new municipal solid waste (management and handling) rules that are being drafted.
The bench comprising justices N Kumar and B V Nagarathna asked the MOEF to place the draft rules before it prior to notifying.
The PIL claims an attempt to dump segregation of waste by citizens as a key component of municipal solid management.
On July 2,the MOEF sought suggestions and objections to the draft within 60 days beginning August 29.
The PIL claims the draft is contrary to ongoing measures for solid waste management as it does not prioritise waste segregation.
The high court said an attempt was being made to revert to an old system of garbage disposal by the central government after spending large amounts of money on moving towards a segregation-based system in cities such as Bangalore. The new rules were being introduced without justification,without reason and without complaints,giving the impression that segregation is being given a goby, it said.
The HC has been nudging the authorities to move towards a system where garbage is segregated at the source and disposed with minimal transportation and in an eco-friendly manner.