NGT summons secy over implementation of Solid Waste Management Rules

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal Monday directed the joint secretary (Swachh Bharat) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to appear before it tomorrow to explain implementation of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.

A bench, headed by Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore, directed the official to explain the compliance of its order on the issue.

Warning that failure to ensure proper management of solid waste will have disastrous consequences, the tribunal has appointed three committees to monitor disposal of garbage in an eco-friendly manner across the country.

The municipal solid waste (MSW) management is one of the most serious challenges to environment protection and although the Solid Waste Management Rules have been framed in 2016, their implementation remains a problem, the tribunal had said, expressing its anguish over the issue. (AGENCIES)