Dismal picture on solid waste management, by some civic bodies: Environment Ministry

dismal-picture-on-solid-waste-management-by-some-civic-bodies-environment-ministryNEW DELHI: A recent inspection has brought out a “dismal” picture of negligence by some civic bodies in dealing with the issue of solid waste management, the Environment Ministry today said, while asserting that it will finalise rules to manage it by the end of this year. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has also issued notices to 184 towns to comply with Water Pollution Control Act and rules related to municipal solid waste management as they were found not giving attention to ensuring proper management of domestic and municipal waste, the ministry said.

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar also said that ‘Swacchh Bharat’ campaign cannot happen without the wholehearted participation of civic bodies and gram Panchayats.

“We are also finalising waste management rules and will be publishing these rules by the year-end. Our inspection has brought to the fore a dismal picture of negligence by some municipalities towards municipal solid waste management,” Javadekar said in a statement.

In the 184 towns, CPCB has found that the sewage is disposed off into rivers, lakes or allowed to seep into the groundwater which has resulted in worsening of groundwater quality and caused many water-borne diseases.

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