Bengaluru: After BBMP submitted that it will come up with action plan to establish additional plants for managing wastes within the wards by identifying suitable places, the Karnataka High Court on Friday said that the exercise has to be done on top priority and told Palike to submit an action plan before the court by December 8. The plan should furnish details of additional plants to be established and its locations in different wards, it added. As per earlier directions of the court, the palike has constituted ward committees.
The petitioners have come up with suggestions that ward committees have to now discharge the twin task - firstly of examining ward micro plan prepared by the BBMP for each ward with regard to solid waste management and secondly to prepare a fresh plan depending on the needs of each ward pertaining to solid waste management, as per earlier directions of the High Court.
"The BBMP shall also make available the ward micro plan prepared to each of the wards. This exercise shall be completed within ten days from Friday. Thereafter, the BBMP shall ensure that ward committee meetings are convened at ward-level on or before November 30," the court ordered.
The court further added, "We hope and trust that ward committees will engage themselves seriously in the task assigned to them under the provisions of the Municipal Corporations Act, 1976, particularly, Section 13 I (h), and also in terms of the Rules pertaining to Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016." We (HC) also hope that respective ward committees will prepare action plan and submit action taken report to the BBMP in such meetings and the BBMP shall place before the court substance of such decision taken, and action initiated, for perusal and further action by this Court, the court said in its order. It is submitted by the petitioners that the BBMP has now resorted to dumping the solid waste in quarries situated in Bagalur, Mittiganahalli, Bellahalli and other quarries in those villages situated in the vicinity of Bengaluru city. According to the petitioners, this has resulted in serious health hazard to those residing near the quarries.The BBMP then submitted that it will come up with action plan to establish additional plants for managing wastes within the wards by identifying suitable places.