A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Kumar on Wednesday sought plan and action with regard to e-Waste Management on next date of hearing.
The court direction came in Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate Rajinder Singh Jamwal highlighting the poor working of State Pollution Control Board (SPCB).
When the PIL came-up for hearing, the DB observed that Commissioner-Secretary Hirdesh Singh has informed that the sanitary land-fill site has been identified at Kot Bhalwal and the land has also been acquired to the extent of 156 Kanals and the process of dumping of solid waste near the River Tawi which is going on at present and near the airport shall be stopped and the solid waste would be taken to the aforesaid land-fill site strictly in terms of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 under the Environment Protection Act, 1986.
Subsequently, the DB directed the District Authority as well as the concerned police officials to fully cooperate with Commissioner-Secretary to ensure that the aforementioned land-fill site is permitted to be fully functional without any hindrance.
Division Bench further directed that the waste that has been dumped near the Tawi and Airport shall also be transferred to the land-fill site. DB also directed Commissioner shall also file time line within which these actions would be taken.
Regarding Bio-medical Waste, Division Bench observed that Commissioner/Secretary Health indicate the exact plan of action which the State has with regard to the disposal of Bio-medical waste including the waste which are hazardous in nature. The DB also directed officials to indicate the alternative to the land-fill site for disposal/utilisation of the solid waste, such as, waste of energetic plants, recycling plants, which may be set up in order to deal with the solid waste generated particularly within the Jammu City as part of the Solid Waste Management Plan.