While air pollution haunts Shimla, this Ward Councilor was spotted burning garbage in open
Earlier, in 2014, Himachal Watcher had posted some pictures showing garbage piled up right behind the Councilors office at Boileuganj. After our complaint, the garbage was set on fire instead of removing it to waste treatment facility. Moreover, the condition of all wards under SMC is, more or less, the same. This ward councilor is no exception.
SHIMLA- A person in Delhi, if found burning any sort of garbage in open, can be fined Rs. 5,000 as per the Directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) of India and, in a special direction, the NGT bench had said “in no event they would permit burning of plastic or by product in any part of NCR-Delhi.”
But in Himachal, neither the civic administration nor the state government of Himachal Pradesh seems to be taking any step in this regard.
Rather, sanitation workers of Shimla MC are seen setting garbage heaps on fire in the presence of ward councilor and other MC officials.
The pictures posted above shows burning of domestic garbage that had piled up in the area for last couple of months. It was done in the presence of Summerhill Ward Councilor Diksha Thakur and MC staff. Surprisingly, an SMC pick-up was also available at the spot,but not to collect and remove the garbage
Earlier, in 2014, Himachal Watcher had posted some pictures showing garbage piled up right behind the Councilors office at Boileuganj. After our complaint, the garbage was set on fire instead of removing it to waste treatment facility.
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When educated and elected representatives of a wards can indulge in activities as irresponsible as burning garbage in open, which is not only harmful for ecology but also for public health, there is no point in blaming common public for littering and following the same example.
Moreover, the condition of all wards under SMC is, more or less, the same. This ward councilor is no exception.
Definitely, people voted for the wrong persons/parties. Please, vote better next time.
The forests near the Shiv Mandir in the same area are now filled with garbage, which will also be set on fire someday.
The capital city Shimla – the queen of hills is falling victim to the side-effects of ill waste- management facilities. Despite provision for collection of Door to Door Garbage within the limits of Municipal Corporation Shimla under “Municipal Corporation Shimla Door to Door Collection Bye-laws, 2006”, the garbage is being incinerated in open very frequently.
In April, 2015, a Bench headed by the NGT Chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar had directed civic authorities and state governments of Delhi, Haryana, Rajsthan and Uttar Pradesh to “immediately” spread awareness regarding ill-effects of burning waste materials in open areas. The waste includes garbage, leaves, plastic and crop residue.
The bench had clearly stated,
It is on record before us that burning of garbage and other materials is not only source of air pollution but forms 29.4 per cent of air pollution with reference to PM10. Burning of material also causes serious respiratory problems and are even carcinogenic….
There shall be complete prohibition on burning of any kind of garbage, leaves, waste, plastic, rubber or any such other materials in open areas for any part of NCR-Delhi.
The bench had also defined penalty against the violators.
Any person who notices burning of such material would have a right to complain in writing or otherwise to SHO of concerned area, concerned Municipal Corporation, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and its regional branches and to the heads of the concerned departments. We direct that for every incident of burning of such material, the person who is actually found burning or responsible for burning would be liable to pay compensation in terms of Section 15 of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 under the principle of polluter pays,
It’s a matter of concern that Himachal Pradesh is not taking the hazards of burning garbage in open seriously despite witnessing what air pollution did to Delhi.
The State Pollution Control Board is nowhere to be seen. The civic authorities are doing nothing on the name of creating awareness among people regarding ill-effects of burning garbage in open. The state government, for reason unknown, are not sanctioning tender for the re-commissioning of the only waste-treatment plant near Taradevi.
The politics over such ecologically sensitive issues is deteriorating air quality of Shimla. There is a desperate need of regularly approaching public to educate them about proper disposal of the garbage and remind them of their civic duties.
The public also need to be vigilant and report improper disposal of domestic or commercial waste in their respective cities.