The NGT had earlier said that major pollution is being caused in the Yamuna at Agra by dumping of garbage and sewage and directed the UP government to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs 25 crore for its failure in discharging duties.
Maharashtra generated the largest quantum of solid waste — 8,22,38,050 MTPA — and processed 44% of it. Delhi, Gujarat, and Karnataka generated 38,32,500, 37,02,925, and 36,50,000 MTPA, and processed 55%, 57%, and 32% respectively.
The slow process of setting up the solid waste management plant could spoil the show for the city this time. The Municipal Corporation has failed to set up a solid waste mechanism which has a major part to play in the rankings.
The government said municipal corporations and councils in the A and B category should slap a fine of Rs 180 for dirtying streets, while those spitting in public places should be fined Rs 150. Those caught urinating and defecating on streets will have to cough up Rs 200 and Rs 500 each.
State Principal Secretary Nitin Kareer said the Maharashtra government had framed a solid waste management policy in April 2017. Adding, that it was implemented state-wide, and the data for the same is available on the website.
Home Secretary, Chandigarh, Arun Gupta, said, “Technically, we have put a stay on the construction activities in Chandigarh according to the orders of the apex court. We had submitted our reply in the apex court, but it was not placed as our advocates did not appear yesterday (Friday).”
Urban food discards were also recognised as a potential resource, not a waste. In Portuguese Goa, bullock carts would move from bungalow to bungalow, collecting kitchen leftovers for on-farm composting. This was the earliest Indian version of doorstep waste collection. In big cities like Bangalore, farmers would bring their produce to town for early-morning auctions, […]