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Submit action plan on landfill sites in 2 weeks: NGT to govt

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government and the civic bodies to submit within two weeks an action plan for identifying alternative landfill sites and setting up waste-to-energy plants in the city.

A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim slammed the authorities for not submitting their plan and said despite specific timeline, there is a lapse in compliance of the direction on creating management facilities for construction and debris waste, plastic and e-waste. "We had directed the chief secretary to coordinate and ensure corporations must meet and resolve dispute by a decision which should crystallise into action plan on the above issues. They were directed to file result action plan.
"Till now the action plan has not been filed. Hence, we direct it should be filed within two weeks from now and we give them a last chance to comply with the order. In case of any lapse on part of any authority, we shall hold the commissioner of each municipal corporation responsible and we further direct the chief secretary to comply with the directions," the bench said.
The tribunal took exception to the submission of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) that the order for filing action plan was not available on the website due to which they could not do the needful.
However, the bench further said that the direction "involved all the municipal corporations."
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