Staff Reporter

Action if civic body is found wanting in its primary duty

Corporation given 45 days to place in court all records in regard to waste disposal

Revenue, police authorities ordered to enforce norms to prevent proliferation of waste

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court has said that it may have to consider the question whether the Kochi Corporation has to be governed by a receiver or a team of receivers under the control of the court if the corporation fails to manage the city waste effectively.

Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan passed the order while considering a petition filed by Shameema Majid of Kochi regarding the management of waste in the city by the corporation.

The court may have to consider the question if it concludes with lawful reasons that the duties and responsibilities of the corporation are not up to the statutory benchmark and satisfactorily discharged.

The corporation should place all materials on record about the entire action that are being taken on a war footing within the next 45 days so that the court can assess the progress of the situation, the order said.

If required, the corporation could apply for a commission for bringing all necessary materials on record to the court, the order said. The foremost duty of the corporation is ensuring sanitation and all other duties would be secondary because public health and hygiene is the first among the duties and responsibilities of the civic authority, the court said.

The District Collector, RDO and officers empowered to exercise the authority under the CrPC shall promptly act to prevent the proliferation of waste, the court said.

All police officers exercising jurisdiction over the Kochi Corporation area were directed to ensure that assistance is given to the corporation and public health authorities to ensure the enforcement of the direction on the proliferation of waste.

The corporation authorities should not have any soft corner for any person flouting the bylaws of the corporation on the management of waste.

The present scenario of the growth of polluting drains and unauthorised vending of fish, meat and vegetables which result in contaminating the environment needs to be regulated, the order said.