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The High Court of Uttarakhand August 29, 2022, decided that one of its judges shall conduct an on-site inspection to observe how its directives for collection and disposal of plastic debris are being carried out in Dhanachuli village, Nainital district.
The inspection committee will consist of the district magistrate; the member secretary of the state legal services authority; the executive officer of the Zila Panchayat, Nainital; the regional officer of the state pollution control board and the village development officer, Dhanachuli.
The inspection will start from Dhanachuli at 2:00 pm September 8.
The bench of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Ramesh Chandra Khulbe was responding to a petition. “Not much work for collecting non-biodegradable plastic waste had been undertaken on the ground,” the petitioner argued.
The desilting of Bengaluru’s Shikaripalya lake has been completed and seven floating wetlands for wastewater treatment have been constructed, said a joint committee report submitted August 26 before the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
The Karnataka government submitted the report in response to an application. The applicant had approached the NGT for the removal of garbage and encroachments from the lake.
Around 90 per cent of the lake has been rejuvenated and only 10 per cent of work is pending. Bio fencing will also be created around the lake using bamboo and Bougainvillea saplings, the report added.
Debris that had collected after the demolition of four illegally constructed apartment complexes in the Ernakulam district of Kerala in 2020 has been removed, the municipal authorities of Maradu within the Kochi metropolitan area stated in their report to the NGT August 30.
A total of 69,600 tonnes of waste were removed from various sites. The municipality has complied with all the provisions of the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016. Water quality deterioration was not identified near the premises, added the report.
Chennai’s Tambaram city municipal corporation has 27 micro composting centres in total and the wet waste collected is transferred to a micro composting centre in Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, stated the municipal commissioner in their report to the NGT.
Biodegradable wastes are processed into manure. The recyclable waste is segregated and transferred to a recycling plant in Anakaputhur, where the same is sold to the vendor.
In the last few months, Tambaram city municipal corporation has produced around 970 tonnes of natural manure. Some 133 tonnes of manure were given free of cost to the residents and 598 tonnes of manure were sold, the report added.
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