CG Envir Board proposes Rs 7 crore penalty for RMC
   Date :24-Jan-2020

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Staff Reporter :
Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board (CGEB) has proposed to impose a hefty penalty of Rs 7 crores on Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) while hearing of a case on Sakri landfill site in the High Court of Chhattisgarh on Thursday. Expressing displeasure, a Double Bench of High Court made the remarks that it’s a case of serious nature and RMC appears to hasn’t been complying with the Court’s directions given on December 16. It’s to be noted here that RMC had started dumping nearly 500 tons of waste generated in the Capital city despite the Board’s disagreement.
A case was filed in the High Court in response. During the previous hearing of the case on December 16, 2019, the High Court had directed the RMC to abide by the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016. Petitioner Byas Muni Dwivedi on behalf of Sarpanch TR Sinha, Nemichand Dhiver and Vijay Sahu put up some pictures in the Court, depicting the formation of a pond of effluent discharged from the landfill and now the muddy water was breaking out of boundary wall.
CECB, in its inspection report, mentioned that RMC was accumulating mix waste, which is a violation of the rules. Pit number 1 was completely filled beyond the height of the wall whereas pit number 2 was lacking geo liner in the bottom. The construction plant for making compost had hardly progressed past a few pillars and refused derive fuel plant construction was nowhere to be seen. CECB Superintendent Engineer AC Maloo, Assistant Engineer Devbrat Mishra and Assistant Legal Officer Priyanshi Singh produced investigation report on 15-points and recommended registering a Court case against RMC Commissioner under the Environment Conservation Act, Air Act and water Act, along with imposing a penalty as Environment Compensation for not complying with the Solid Waste Management Rules according to the Central Environment Conservation Board’s guidelines.