The Gauhati High Court ordered the state government to expedite the selection of the agency, as well as the site, for the implementation of the waste management project.
The Divisional Court of Judge N. Kotiswar Singh and Judge Manish Choudhury issued the order on September 27 on a PIL filed by Pradip Baruah, regarding the selection of suitable sites for the dumping of solid waste in the town of Guwahati and its surrounding areas. surroundings.
The Court observed that the same thing has continued at present in Chandrapur as well as in the Housefed lands of the Boragaon region. Although there have been some objections to the choice of the site by the local population for various reasons, including non-clearance by the relevant forest service or by the Pollution Control Board, these are questions that can certainly be raised. be considered after completion of oral argument.
The state attorney general indicated that in order to execute the project at a suitable location, the government has already launched an electronic tendering process to select the agency responsible for implementing the project and wishes to submit a detailed affidavit indicating the place (s) where the solid waste project would finally be established, for which the Advocate General requests a period of 30 days.
The bench listed the issue for Nov. 10 and said it would review steps taken by state authorities to implement the waste management project, which complies with all relevant requirements of the law.
“Since any delay in the implementation of the project could potentially cause environmental risks, the state government is responsible for accelerating the matter of the selection of the agency as well as the site of the implementation of the project. management, which this Court hopes, the authorities will inform this Court at the next date by filing the necessary affidavit in this regard, ”says the order.
On August 4, the Attorney General of Assam informed the High Court that with regard to the installation of a waste management plant, calls for tenders were issued by the relevant authority and three companies have already responded to the ad and their eligibility is currently under review. and hopefully within a year or so the plant would be built and commissioned.