BMC red-flagged for not heeding green diktat

Written By Unknown on Selasa, 30 Desember 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The state pollution watchdog has issued prosecution notices to 20 municipal corporations for their failure to submit a resolution, committing to earmark 25% in their budget for the next financial year (2015-16) for sewerage and solid waste management. An official of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, or MPCB, said the prosecution notice had been issued after the local bodies failed to respond despite being sent a notice and a reminder about the budget allocation.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation as also Thane Municipal Corpoation are among those which have been issued the notice.

The MCPB, in charge of implementing environmental legislations, has jurisdiction over 26 municipal corporations. A senior MPCB official said that corporations generate 80% of sewerage. The MPCB had issued them notices in June about reserving 25% of budgetary provision for sewerage and solid waste management. Besides, reminders were issued in September, the official added.

"But 20 of the 26 corporations did not respond appropriately. Nor did they submit the resolution approved by the local body for making budgetary provisions," this official said. "Given the local corporations' negligent attitude towards environmental rules, the prosecution notices were issued."

Of the six corporations, which have submitted the resolution that was sought for, include Vasai-Virar, Kolhapur and Pimpri-Chinchwad. Among those municipalities which have failed to comply are Kalyan-Dombivli, Mira-Bhayandar, Pune and Nagpur besides Thane and Mumbai.

The MPCB official said they are hopeful that the corporations respond within a fortnight so that they are not compelled to take any action. "The reason we are keen on them taking this step is that every time we go to [municipal] corporations, they are enthusiastic about issues pertaining to environmental protection but they do not have the budget for the same.",State Pollution,municipal corporations,Mira-Bhayandar,budget

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