Frame SWM Bye-Laws For Pahalgam: High Court to Govt

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SRINAGAR —The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the government to frame Model Solid Waste Management Bye-Laws and file a status report in this regard by December 19.  

By the order dated November 19, the Division Bench had noted that so far as Jammu and Kashmir was concerned, it has almost 78 local urban bodies while the number of local bodies in the rural areas would be perhaps more. “Given the size of the State and disparity in the availability of resources, there may not be uniformity in the consideration or the prescription by the different local bodies in the State,” the court had said while hearing a Public Interest Litigation highlighting some very critical aspects regarding the environmental issues relating to the developments in Pahalgam

“In view of the expertise of the State Government to frame Model Solid Waste Management Bye-Laws which could be considered by the local bodies, a direction has been made by the order dated 19th November, 2018 to the State Government to frame Model Solid Waste Management Bye-Laws within six weeks of the passing of the order and circulate the same for consideration and adoption (subject to such local adaptations as may be necessary) within four weeks thereafter,” the court observed, adding, “Status reports in this regard are required to be sent to the Chief Secretary who would cause compliance reports to be filed in a tabulation form.” 

The court said that these directions cover the requirement of framing the Bye-Laws in the present matter as well. “The respondents are directed to ensure compliance with the directions and file status report in this regard about the action taken,” the court said posted the PIL on December 19. 

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