NGT seeks action plan on waste disposal in quarry sites

NGT seeks action plan on waste disposal in quarry sites

The National Green Tribunal on Monday told the BBMP to file an action-taken report by September 30, showing compliance of the orders issued to stop dumping of municipal solid waste in abandoned quarry sites.

A green bench headed by Justice Adarsh K Goel asked State Advocate General Uday Holla, representing the BBMP, why the orders passed from time to time for sustainable disposal of wastes were not complied with. BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad was also present before the tribunal during the hearing.

In an application filed by Venkatesh and others through advocate Shailesh Madiyal, it was contended that the BBMP has virtually used the abandoned quarry in Bengaluru north taluk as a solid waste dumping site without authorisation and in contravention of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.

The tribunal had directed for the reduction of waste by bio-mining and waste processing followed by placement of residuals in the landfills. It had also directed for the scientific and sustainable way of utilising the precious land resources, which ought to have lasted for a minimum 15 years.

It had further ordered that there will no dumping of solid wastes at the quarry site and there shall be a time-bound action plan for starting bio-mining at all quarry sites.