‘Wasted a year’; Kerala invites sharp criticism from NGT

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday sharply criticised Kerala for failing to submit a meaningful plan for disposing solid waste.

NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed Kerala state municipality development secretary to appear before the tribunal with a new project on February 28.

The NGT observed that in the project submitted by Kerala, the difference between solid waste collection and its disposal was very large.

Kerala did not consider the environment, health of its people or rule of land while preparing the project. The state wasted an year, the NGT said.

“If the state municipality development secretary fails to present himself with a clear and meaningful project on February 28, the tribunal will be forced to take stringent action according to the National Green Tribunal Act of 2010,” the tribunal warned.

The NGT also considered a report by retired Kerala High Court judge A. V. Ramakrishnan alleging that large quantities of waste was being dumped at Brahmapuram violating rules. Justice A. V. Ramakrishnan’s report clarified that unscientific management of waste was causing pollution on a large scale.

Meanwhile, Kerala government informed the NGT that a new solid waste management plant will be set up at Brahmapuram in Kochi within 18 months. A new area will be identified for bio-degradation of solid waste, it added.

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