11 Sep, Gangtok (IPR) : The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Eastern Zone regional conference was held on September 9 and 10 at Guwahati on the theme of ‘Waste Disposal and Management’.
Eminent academicians and experts in the field, judges, Chief Secretary of Assam, Chairman of Central Pollution Control Board(CPCB) and those involved in the management of waste converged at the venue to deliberate on the given theme.
Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court Honorable Justice Shri Satish Kumar Agnihotri chaired the plenary session held on 10th of September.
Addressing the session, Chief Justice Satish Kumar Agnihotri spoke on waste management in Indus Valley Civilization, which dates back 2500 BC. It has come to notice on discovery that Mohan-Jo-Daro and Harappa towns, presently situated in Pakistan and Lothal in Gujarat had developed very good drainage and sanitary system, he mentioned.
Chief Justice Satish Kumar Agnihtori highlighted the common forms of managing wastes in present period which includes destruction through burning or incineration, dumping, burying, transportation from one place to another place, recycling, reusing and composting. He also mentioned the pros and cons of each form of waste management. He also mentioned about the recent tragedy of garbage crash at east Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill site in a deadly ‘avalanche’ that swept away the public properties, killed people and injured many.
Coming to e-waste management, he told the gathering that the E-Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011 apply to every producer, consumer or bulk consumer involved in the manufacture, sale, purchase and processing of electrical and electronic equipment or components as specified in the list of schedule. The pollution control boards are to implement the rules with positive spirit and authorise or grant the permission, handling, dismantling etc of the e-waste, he mentioned.
Regarding Sikkim, the Chief Justice highlighted about the cleanliness of the urban centres and rural areas of the State. The waste management is being implemented in a proper manner by all the stakeholders, he said.
He also praised the initiatives taken by the State government in garbage collection and management despite of land scarcity, executing the ban on use of plastic bags and prohibition on agriculture waste burning.
The co-chairman of the session was Justice Dr. P. Jyothimani (HJM, NGT, SZE).