NGT asks PCB to file a report on the state of waste management at Ekm | Kochi News

Kochi: The Green National Court (NGT), while hearing a series of petitions regarding the Brahmapuram waste treatment plant, asked the Kerala State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to verify the current status of the implementation of solid waste management rules in Ernakulam and to give an overview of how it is being implemented in other local bodies.
By issuing orders to various departments, NGT asked the KSPCB to investigate the nature of the observations made by the state-level oversight committee in its report to the Green Court and to come up with a report on the action taken against offenders.
The Chief Secretary, Environmental Secretary, District Collector and all local district agencies including the Kochi Company have been invited to file further progress reports regarding the implementation and its success. no later than January 24, 2022. The Green Court came upon the Chief Secretary’s Action Plan report submitted to it heavily, stating it was unsatisfactory.
No appropriate review was carried out by him or the relevant Principal Secretary. He also asked for a realistic report considering that the implementation of solid waste management is weak.
The chief secretary of state argued that the state and the Kochi company have made a concerted effort to solve the pollution problem by remedying the legacy waste dumped in Brahmapuram and establishing a waste-to-energy project.
The report says directives were sent to the district collector and the Kochi Inspector General of Police, urging their intervention to stop the illegal dumping of faecal sludge into water bodies near Brahmapuram. It was decided that a joint task force of the company, the police, the KSPCB and the health department should carry out inspections and catch vehicles illegally transporting waste and dumping waste sludge in Brahmapuram, according to The report.
The court said authorities had not started biomin work in Brahmapuram. It is still at the stage of finalizing the call for tenders and handing over the land to the people who would be the successful tenderer. No significant improvement has taken place in reducing the legacy waste in the landfill.
In addition, the leachate treatment plant is not functioning properly and they have been operating the waste management facility without proper authorization for a long time. If local organizations themselves violate the rules and operate, how can the government impose penalties on the poor who are unable to comply?

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