HC gets tough on garbage sites, ‘black spots’ in Goa
Sets deadline; Civic bodies, panchayats put on notice
18th January 2019, 02:44 Hrs
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The Bombay High Court at Goa has directed all village panchayats and municipalities to clear garbage sites and ‘black spots’ within their jurisdictions by February 15 as also to set up sites within their jurisdictions for material recovery.
In an order which was issued on January 14, the court also ordered the Directorate of Panchayats to take up a drive for compliance of its directions.
Based on earlier directions of the High Court, which found plastic waste in form of litter or dumps, created alongside roads or corners or sides of the buildings and referred to them as black spots, the Directorate of Panchayats in a circular issued earlier this month asked all panchayats to “conduct mass cleanliness drives to clear all the “Black Spots and Littered Waste” found within their respective jurisdiction within 15 days.
“We direct all the Village Panchayats, whether they be parties to this petition or not, to comply with the directions set out in the aforesaid circular dated 09.01.2019. We also direct all the Village Panchayats to ensure that the black spots and the littered waste, found within their respective jurisdiction, is cleared latest by 10.02.2019. The Village Panchayats should thereafter make their report to the Directorate of Panchayats latest by 15.02.2019. The report should specifically state the number of black spots cleared and the location from which such black spots were cleared,” the High Court ruled.
“It is essential that the Panchayats set up such Material Recovery Facilities, without which, it will be very difficult to deal with the issue
All Panchayats and whether they are parties to this petition or not are to comply with directions
Must ensure black spots & littered waste within jurisdictions is cleared by 10.02.2019
Panchayats should file report to Directorate of Panchayats latest by 15.02.2019
Report should specifically state number of black spots cleared and location from which such black spots were cleared
Essential that panchayats set up Material Recovery Facilities to deal with waste collection
Panchayats who have not undertaken this exercise must identify locations for setting up the Material Recovery Facilities and apply to GSPCB for clearance/approval