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Uttarakhand High Court’s landmark judgement on Waste Management

While disposing the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Sai Nath Seva Mandal, Uttarakhand High Court issued a landmark guidelines on solid waste management. The issue of proper waste management has marred the nation for decades. The society filed a PIL in Uttarakhand’s apex court regarding the untreated solid waste in Kashipur city that is being dumped in the Dhela river near the Sai Temple.

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Uttarakhand High Court in Nainital issues landmark judgment on waste management (Image Source)

The zenith of civilization can only be gauged how clean the cities and towns are. Every citizen has a fundamental as well as human right to clean and hygienic environment. Every citizen, at the same time, has a fundamental duty to maintain the cleanliness in and around his abode.

– Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Sudhanshu, Nainital High Court

7 Key Guidelines issued by Uttarakhand High Court on solid waste managemet

  1. All the streets, public premises such as parks etc. shall be surface cleaned on daily basis, including on Sundays and Public holidays by Municipal Corporations, Nagar Panchayats, Municipal Councils and Panchayati Raj Institutions.
  2. All the workers deployed for cleaning the streets and removal of garbage including bio-degradable medical waste should be provided with necessary equipment including uniforms, shoes, gloves and other implements etc. for winters and summers separately and also proper uniforms which have reflectors and be provided with ID cards also.
  3. All the streets and roads falling within the municipal areas, municipal corporation/Panchayati Raj institutions should be surface cleaned in the morning.
  4. The state government is directed to take decision on all the proposals sent to it by the municipal bodies for managing the solid waste in their territorial jurisdiction within four weeks from today.
  5. The municipal corporation/municipal bodies, throughout the state, may consider to provide two dustbins (for collection of dry and wet bio-medical waste), free-of-cost, to all the households in the Municipal area, depending on their financial health.
  6. All the local bodies, including village panchayats, are directed to ensure door to door collection of segregated solid waste from all households including slums and informal settlements, commercial, institutional and other non residential institution.
  7. All the local bodies are directed to put suitable hoardings at tourist destinations to appraise local as well as tourists not to dispose of any waste such as paper, water bottles, liquor bottles, soft drink canes, tetra packs etc. on the streets or into water bodies or down the hills.