Swacchh Bharat Campaign cannot Happen without Wholehearted Participation of Municipal : Javadekar
INVC NEWS New Delhi, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar said in a statement here today that Swacchh Bharat campaign cannot happen without the wholehearted participation of Municipal/civic corporations, 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”, the Minister added. Towards this end, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), has issued statutory notices to 184 towns to statutorily comply with Water Pollution Control Act and rules relating to Municipal Solid Waste Management. CPCB stated that municipal authorities have not given due attention for ensuring proper management of domestic sewage and Municipal Solid Waste. The sewage is disposed off into rivers, lakes or allowed to seep into the groundwater. This has resulted in worsening of groundwater quality and caused many water-borne diseases. The sanctity of River Ganga, including others, has been affected because of presence of fecal coliform bacteria, on account of disposal of untreated/partially treated domestic sewage. CPCB has also observed that out of 62, 000 million litres of sewage generated in the country, treatment capacity of 23, 277 MLD has been provided which amounts to less than 30%. Similarly, based on the information provided by its counterparts in the States (SPCBs), CPCB has estimated that 1, 44, 000 MT of garbage is generated and only 39, 000 MT is treated or processed. The waste dumped unscientifically into the landfills is causing serious environmental damages in terms of water and air pollution. CPCB further observed that majority of the civic authorities do not have a systematic, time-bound action plan for management of municipal work.