August 13, 2016 5:39:49 am
A FOUR-MEMBER committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal on Friday submitted its report before the tribunal over the payment of tipping charges to the Jaypee group which was running the sole garbage processing plant of the city.
The report states that although there was no such clause when the memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed with the company, it was left to the court to decide when the tipping charges may be paid since they had to run the plant until they don’t get any other alternative.
The court deferred the case until August 26.
On July 27, the tribunal had directed the Jaypee group that it cannot shut down the plant till further orders. As the company stated that it was incurring losses, the tribunal constituted a four-member committee in this regard.
The committee comprised member secretaries of Pollution Control Boards of Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, Municipal Commissioner and a representative of Jaypee group.
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On July 11, the company suspended the operations. Back-to-back protests took place after the Jaypee group left the MC officials in the lurch by suspending operations at the Dadumajra plant. The company in its communication to the MC earlier had mentioned that they were incurring losses and were shutting down the plant.
Following the NGT directions to the Jaypee group that they should open the plant on or before July 27, the company again started operating the plant.
The relief came after the Municipal Corporation filed a case before the NGT highlighting how the company left them in the lurch and dumping of tonnes of garbage in the landfill was harming the environment and making residents prone to diseases, especially during the rain.
The city generates 350 tonnes of garbage, of which 250 is processed at the plant while the rest is dumped.
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