G Noida drafts waste policy, will seek public feedback

Noida : 9 May, 2019 (Hindustan Times)

GREATER NOIDA: The Greater Noida authority has prepared a draft policy on methods to deal with waste generated in the city. The authority has sought feedback from the general public on its draft.

 The draft policy outlines the measures to be taken by the authority to deal with all kinds of waste, including sewer, medical and construction, among others.

The draft policy outlines the measures to be taken by the authority to deal with all kinds of waste, including sewer, medical and construction, among others. It also defines the role of all stakeholders such as residents and social organisations and the health, urban town planning and enforcement departments, among others. For drawing up the initial blueprint, the authority had roped in a consultant, KPMG.

“We are likely to issue a public notice on our website and other mediums inviting objections from the general public so that anyone, who is interested, can submit their suggestions with regard to the provisions of policy on waste. We want to make an effective policy so that the issue of poor waste treatment gets resolved scientifically,” Narendra Bhooshan, chief executive officer of the Greater Noida authority, said.

Officials said the provisions in the policy have been drafted as per the waste (management and handling) rules, 2016, notified by the central government, to deal with waste management across the country.

“We have drafted this policy in consonance with the 2016 rules. After making changes incorporating suggestions or objections, we will take up this draft policy in the board meeting after May 23 for a discussion. Once it is approved in the board meeting, the authority will work according to this policy,” Bhooshan said.

On April 30, the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) had imposed a fine of ₹2 crore against the Greater Noida authority for dumping waste onto a piece of land reserved for a botanical and zoological Park. The UPPCB secretary had also directed the authority to expedite developmental work at the Astoli landfill site, which is spread over 126 acres.

“Once our policy gets approved, we will hire private agencies which will be engaged in treatment of the waste. Our policy also outlines how the landfill at Astoli is to be used. The authority will start treating waste at the Astoli landfill soon. Also, we have plans to make compost out of green waste at different locations,” Bhooshan said.