NGT to DDA: Provide land for waste treatment facilities

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NGT to DDA: Provide land for waste treatment facilities

An NGT bench came down heavily on the public authorities for not putting forward any constructive suggestion to resolve the issue of waste management.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), DSIIDC and other local authorities will not award sites for commercial projects till they identify alternate landfill sites in the city, ordered the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar came down heavily on the public authorities for not putting forward any constructive suggestion to resolve the issue of waste management and for creating hurdles in providing land for waste plants.

The green panel directed the chief secretary of the Delhi government to hold a meeting with DDA, Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIIDC), municipal corporations and other authorities concerned within two weeks and come out with some alternative sites for setting up wasteto-energy plants.

The tribunal asked the chief secretary and the Lieutenant Governor to expedite the matter of identification of landfill sites for better management of municipal solid waste. The bench directed all the counsels to seek clear instructions with regard to increasing the capacity of Narela-Bawana plant and the site at NTPC's Badarpur plant.

The NGT said that it was unfortunate that at a time when the national capital was grappling with the huge quantum of waste to the tune of 14,000 metric tonnes on daily basis, the authorities were involved in blame game and showing an irresponsible attitude.

Meanwhile, following protests over its decision, NGT has clarified that it had neither intended nor declared the entire Amarnath cave shrine as a silence zone - adding that it had ordered that one should maintain silence only while standing in front of the Maha Shivling.