Jammu Tawi, November 24
In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Advocate Sanjeet Kumar seeking pollution free environment in J&K State, A Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Tashi Rabstan after hearing Adv Jatinder Singh for the PIL whereas Sr. AAG SS Nanda for the state whereas Sr. Adv DC Raina with Adv Anuj Dewan Raina appearing for the Shrine Board, observed that Since the issue of removing heaps of garbage/garbage dumps and setting up Solid Waste Management System is not related to a particular region of the State, rather this problem/nuisance is in every District/Town of the State, therefore, having regard to the nature of controversy and the latest compliance report filed by the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu on 11.11.2016, we deem it proper to dispose of the Public Interest Litigation with the direction to respondents that they shall identify land fill sites in each city/town of J&K State, if not already identified, within a period of six months from today for dumping and disposal of solid wastes. Thereafter, said respondents are directed to set up well efficient Solid Waste Management Projects in each such sites within a period of next six months, in the manner given in Implementation Schedule (Schedule-I) of Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000 framed under Sections 3, 6 and 25 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. DB also directed Chief Secretary of the State to set up a panel of experts within a period of fifteen days from today for this purpose.
DB also directed concerned Municipal Authorities of the State to set up Vermicompost Technology within the same period at small scale levels to manage the daily waste at source., viz hotels, parks etc.