Seven housing societies from Govandi and Chembur area under the M-East ward of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) were penalised by the Metropolitan court for not segregating and processing waste. Four other housing societies have been given one month time to comply with rules to manage waste.
The seven societies that were fined Rs 15,000 each were RCF Colony, Saras CHS, Nilkanth Tower, Runwal Centre, Nityananda Bag, Tolaram Nagar, and MSEB Colony. These societies, generating over 100 kg waste per day, didn’t segregate waste at the source despite BMC’s notice.
As per the state government notification, buildings spread over 20,000 sq metre or generating over 100 kg waste per day have to segregate waste at their source and also process the same withing their premises.
According to officials of Solid Waste Management Department (SWM), they were penalised under the MRTP Act for not managing waste. After they failed to respond to BMC queries, the civic body filed an FIR against them. The Metropolitan court’s decision came early this week.
As per the MRTP Act 1966, since 2007, all the Intent of Disapproval (IoD) and Commencement of Certificate (CC) were granted after providing vermin-composting pits or an area demarcated to process municipal solid waste (MSW) within the building premises. However, if during the inspection, the vermin-composting pit is not found, and the place is found to be serving some other purpose, action can be initiated against the society or commercial units under the MMC Act 1888 and MRTP Act 1966.
In M-East ward, the BMC had issued the certificates to a total of 32 housing societies and 21 of them started waste management. “These housing societies will have to set up waste management facilities within a month or they will face harsher action,” said a senior official from the Solid Waste Management Department of BMC.
The four housing societies that were let off with an extension of one month time to start waste processing are BARC Welfare Society, INS Tanaji (NAVY), BEST Colony and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). “These housing societies have given undertaking at M-East ward office that it will start waste processing facility at their premise within one month,”said the official.