Include waste management fee in property tax, panel tells civic body

The State Level Monitoring Committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal has said that the Kalamassery municipality can include the user fee for waste management in the property tax of those generating it if they refuse to pay the prescribed fee.

“In the event of refusal by waste generators to pay user fee, the same can be realised along with property tax in accordance with law,” the committee said in a recent order after reviewing the steps taken by the civic body on the directives issued by it on effective solid waste management.

The municipality has to prepare a detailed action plan in consultation with the Kerala State Pollution Control Board on solid waste management. It should maintain logbooks of vehicles carrying waste. The committee suggested that the civic body provide training for commercial establishments, hotel and restaurant associations, and residents’ associations utilising the support of Suchitwa Mission on solid waste management.

The committee recommended that a mechanised system should be adopted for the disposal of legacy waste. Heavy fine, surveillance cameras and strict monitoring squads were proposed to prevent waste dumping on roads.

The municipality has to ensure segregation of waste at source. Waste transporting vehicles should be provided with adequate cover, leachate collection tank and logbook. Adequate personal protective equipment should be provided to workers and they should wear it without fail. Haritha Karma Senas have to be deployed for the door-to-door collection of refuse, it said.

Earlier, the committee had pointed out that the discharge of untreated sewage from Kalamassery township, waste water from Kalamassery market and leachate from the civic body’s waste dumping yard at North Kalamassery had led to the recent fish kills in the Periyar.

The committee had asked the municipality to draw up immediate plans to ensure scientific waste management. The committee stated that the authorities have not provided adequate leachate treatment facility. No proper segregation of waste is being carried out. Waste water from the Kalamassery market, sewage from Kalamassery Township, and leachate from the waste dumping yard reach the Periyar, it said.

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