HC orders Karnataka govt to submit report on garbage problem
The Karnataka High Court, dissatisfied over the lack of steps taken by the government and the city corporation to clear the mounting garbage in the city, today directed the state government and BBMP to submit a status report on steps taken to address garbage menace within two weeks.
The division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen directed Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) and the state government to submit a status report on the steps taken to address garbage menace.
The bench also directed the BBMP to identify and make ready at least seven more lands for municipal solid waste in the next fortnight.
Justice Sen said for the present, the wet waste would be collected from households and transported directly to a new landfill at Chickanagamangala near Sarjapura and dry solid waste shall be collected twice a week and transported to Mandur landfill, while present contractors shall separately carry out dry and wet wastes to two different landfills.
The judge also asked the BBMP to have three segregation and wet waste processing stations for each 198 wards and this exercise be completed within four months.
The High Court had taken up a PIL filed by an advocate over the garbage menace and had sought the court to supersede the local body for failing in this front.
The next hearing of the case is on December 6.
On November 20, the bench had warned it would initiate contempt proceedings and put top officials 'behind bars', if the corporation and pollution authorities failed to come out with a plan in two days.