by Special Correspondent
All told to appear in person before court on December 22
A Division Bench of the Kerala High court on Monday directed the Ernakulam District collector, Kochi Mayor, 11 municipal chairpersons and secretaries in the district to appear in person on December 22 to explain the collection and disposal of garbage in the district.
The Bench comprising Justices C. N. Ramachandran Nair and P. S. Gopinathan issued the directive when a public interest writ petition filed by the Kerala Federation of Women Lawyers against dumping of garbage on roadside came up for hearing.
The court had earlier prohibited throwing away or dumping plastic carry bags or bags made of any other non-biodegradable material which contain waste on any public place or road sides and ordered the police to prosecute those who violate the ban order.
The court had also ordered the DGP to issue instructions to all police stations to conduct patrolling in urban areas and take action against those who dump or dispose of waste in plastic bags at public places and on roadsides.
In today's order, the court pointed out that the Government Pleader had already filed a compliance report and stated that the police were registering cases against those dumping wastes on road sides.
However, the bench noted that waste was still being thrown on road sides and on vacant lands in Kochi areas. The court opined that the police were not serious about the matter and felt that the court order had not served the purpose so far.
The Bench again directed the DGP to instruct police officers to deploy more men on night patrol to book the violators and prosecute them.
The court felt that collection of waste through dust bins in Kochi might not be effective.
If collection was being made from houses through Kudumbasree units or other agencies, it would be very effective.
The resident associations should coordinate arrangement for collection of wastes and payment to the Kudumbasree units or other agencies because the local bodies did not have enough funds for such an arrangement.