Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding solid and liquid waste management, Madhya Pradesh, 10/11/2022
The State of Madhya Pradesh would abide by its commitment of Rs 4657 crore for the treatment of wastewater in a scientific manner, the Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh assured the National Green Tribunal, November 10, 2022.
The NGT noted that the state has made "provision for Rs. 9688 crores in a ring-fenced manner for wastewater treatment."
The court directed that Madhya Pradesh has to make meaningful progress in the matter in the next six months. Further, in view of the apparently successful waste management model at Indore, the bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Sudhir Agarwal suggested to the Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh to offer assistance in training and capacity building to other states.
The Chief Secretary informed the court that Madhya Pradesh Urban Development Company has been registered under the Companies Act in the year 2014 which caters to the process of giving contracts for handling waste which may be considered by other states and Union Territories if found viable.
The court expressed hope that the state "will take further measures in the matter by innovative approach and stringent monitoring, ensuring that gaps in solid and liquid waste generation and treatment are bridged at the earliest, shortening the proposed timelines, adopting alternative/interim measures to the extent and wherever found viable."