Over 25 State governments who missed the deadline for submitting their action plans on systematic disposal of plastic waste to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) may have to pay environment compensation of Rs one crore each as the deadline i.e. April 30 set by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has expired.
As per the orders of National Green Tribunal (NGT) all States and Union Territories (except Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Puducherry) had to submit an action plan for compliance of PWM (Plastic Waste Mnagement) Rules and submit the same to CPCB by 30 April 2019. Moreover, NGT said that if any state failed to submit action plans within designated deadline it would have to pay the pollution body compensation at the rate of ?1 crore per month after 1 May 2019.
CPCB took the legal recourse against the erring states.It said that the states did not comply with the orders, so CPCB moved the NGT. Now the states are violating NGT orders, so that is why they have to pay the price for it. The punishment not only includes compensation but imprisonment too, in some cases.
The arguments put forward by CPCB was that the conditions of waste management in the country was poor as states did not prioritise plastic and solid waster management rules.It was considered last in the list of priorities of the state’s municipal corporations.
The plea had further stated that electronic waste accounted for 40% of lead and 70% of all heavy metal found in landfills.The plea also said that burning and selling of e-waste and other solid waste resulted in groundwater contamination and air pollution.
The CPCB will now inform the NGT about non-compliance and make the states pay heavy amount for the default.
Thus,The Ministry of Environment needs to conduct regular awareness programmes in states to educate state-level officials to carry out necessary measures to segregate plastic and dispose it.