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‘Ghazipur landfill site height will soon match Qutub Minar’

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Published : Mar 28, 2018, 6:40 am IST
Updated : Mar 28, 2018, 6:40 am IST

He said solid waste management rules are very elaborate and comprehensive and Delhi has already implemented it.

It said, “Garbage mounds at the Ghazipur landfill site will one day touch the height of Qutub Minar and red beacon light will have to be used to ward off the aircraft”.
 It said, “Garbage mounds at the Ghazipur landfill site will one day touch the height of Qutub Minar and red beacon light will have to be used to ward off the aircraft”.

New Delhi: Taking strong objections to non-implementation of solid waste management rules in the country, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said “India will go down under the garbage one day”.

The top court said that days are not far when garbage mounds at the Ghazipur landfill site in Delhi will match the height of iconic 73-metre high Qutub Minar and red beacon light will have to be used to ward off aircraft. “We keep on passing orders but solid waste management rules are not implemented. What is the use of passing the orders when no one is bothered to implement it. India will go down under the garbage one day,” a bench of Justices M.B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.

 

It said, “Garbage mounds at the Ghazipur landfill site will one day touch the height of Qutub Minar and red beacon light will have to be used to ward off the aircraft”.

The apex court also asked all the states and union territories to frame a policy for disposal of solid waste in three months. Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, assisting the court as an amicus curiae, said the court should direct all local bodies in the country to implement the solid waste management rules in 3-4 months and if they failed to do so they can be held for contempt.

He said solid waste management rules are very elaborate and comprehensive and Delhi has already implemented it.

 

Additional Solicitor General A.N.S. Nadkarni said “garbage mounds are like a time bomb which we are sitting upon and the court should direct the local bodies to implement the rules”. The court then directed the secretaries of the urban development ministry in Haryana, Jharkhand, Manipur and Meghalaya to appear on the next date of hearing and apprise it about the implementation of rules.

It got annoyed as no counsel was available with information indicating whether these four states have constituted state-level advisory boards in accordance with the provision of the 2016 rules.

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