In Delhi, all will have to pay user fee for waste disposal services

From the next financial year in April, Delhi residents will have to cough up a user fee for waste disposal.

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The quantum of the fees will be fixed by the municipal corporation after the Delhi High Court reviews a report submitted by Delhi State Legal Service Authority (DSLA) that was tasked to frame guidelines for the new solid waste management (SWM).

The SWM is expected to start in Delhi from April 2018.

The DSLA report recommends the imposition of a user fee on all waste generating units, which include households, cooperative group housing societies, small shops, eateries, fruit and vegetable vendors, and dwelling units in unauthorised colonies. The DSLA, which has listed out all the waste generating units in its report, has not fixed the quantum of user fee.

“The DSLA was given the task to identify waste generating units and fix the role of different authorities. The committee has prepared the report with the help of government authorities and has submitted it to the High Court. The new SWM rule will come into effect from April 2018. Households and approved colonies will have to ensure that wet and dry waste are segregated at the source level. The High Court will examine our reports and then the MCD will be asked to fix the amount of user charges,” Sanjeev Jain, a member of the DSLA, said.

According to the DSLA report, managing waste generated in unauthorised colonies has proven to be a big challenge for the civic bodies. The committee also identified as major waste generating sources roadside waste by street vendors and a complete lack of on-site waste management in a number of vegetable and fruit markets.

The DSLA also pointed out that even in posh residential colonies, the response for waste segregation programme was poor. But poor infrastructure of municipal bodies was proving to be a hindrance in making the campaign successful.

“To encourage on-source waste segregation, the DSLA has recommended that municipal bodies introduce an incentive-based plan. But the final call has been left to the MCDs,” Jain said.


Delhi’s air quality could turn ‘severe’ post Diwali

Delhi’s air quality, which has already reached the “very poor” category a couple of days back, is likely to enter the “severe” category post-Diwali morning or October 20, warned Centre-appointed committee Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA). Delhi Breaking News


Addressing a press gathering at India Habitat Centre yesterday evening, Sunita Narain, a member of EPCA, said, “Reports collected from Delhi-NCR and neighboring states — UP, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan — indicates that Delhi’s air quality could enter the ‘severe’ category after Diwali — especially on October 20 and 21.”

Narain also said, “But this time, Delhi would be more responsible for turning the city’s air quality poisonous. The drastic increase in the number of vehicles on roads, poor waste management, dust on roads and fire at landfill sites like Ghazipur are more responsible than crop burning in neighbouring states for the rapidly falling quality.”

EPCA has also asked the Delhi government to impose a ban on Badarpur thermal power plant and use of diesel generators with immediate effect in the city.

Acting on the direction of Supreme Court, EPCA along with Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has prepared a Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to combat  air pollution in Delhi-NCR.  Apartment management system

According to Air Quality Index (AQI), if PM 2.5 crosses 300 micrograms, Delhi’s air quality would enter the “severe” category. If it reaches 500 micrograms, the situation would enter “emergency” category.

However, EPCA chairman Dr Bhure Lal said, “There are very few chances of the air quality crossing the severe category. But if it happens, authorities would need to take immediate steps, such as close down schools.”

Diwali is round the corner, but will these two Dwarka parks see light?

With Diwali round the corner, every corner of Delhi is preparing to deck up in lights, colour and festivities. All except these two areas in Dwarka.


Parks, to be precise, in Sector 7 — one adjacent to Harsukh Apartments and the other one, slightly bigger, behind Brahma Apartments.

Why? Because neither DDA, nor SDMC is bothered about whether these parks have lights. Or whether residents of nearby societies want to be able to sit or walk in it after sundown. Apartment Management Software

Joint secretary of Harsukh Apartments, Ravi Jaitely, said, “Both parks are in such bad shape. Earlier with DDA being in charge, we tried to contact them to put in lights, but even now, after they have been handed over to SDMC, there has been no initiative to light up the parks.”

However, recently SDMC did instal new lights in one of the parks, which has an open gym. But what about the other park? Nope. It still remains a dark, brooding place for residents. Dwarka Breaking News

A group of residents who are part of a morning walkers’ club in the area, said the parks had become a security issue. One of the members of the club and a resident of Rashi Apartments, IS Khurana, said, “We don’t want to step into the park after dark, or even go anywhere near it. The streets around the park are also plunged in darkness after sundown. Civic bodies should look into this seriously.”

Residents say they have sent a number of letters to the civic bodies but there issue has remained unaddressed. A social worker and a resident of Brahma Apartments, Munish Kundra, said, “The park behind our society has electrical infrastructure but in a defunct state. The corporation should do something about it before Diwali.”

Let’s see if they do.

Prepare to have a garbage-laden Diwali if EDMC sanitation workers are not paid

Barely 10 days after the Swachhta campaign in the capital, sanitation workers employed by EDMC have gone on strike — again. This seems to be especially badly timed, with Diwali round the corner.


More than 15,000 sanitation workers today refused to resume work, collecting waste dumped in dhalaos of residential colonies, which left many residents with the sinking feeling that the streets would once again be left littered with waste and uncollected garbage. The workers has earlier gone on a similar strike in January to protest non-payment of salaries.

This time, too, they have called an indefinite strike over similar issues — non-payment of salaries, bonus and arrears since 2003.

Mayor of EDMC Neema Bhagat and senior municipal officials met the protesting workers today and tried to convince them to call off the protest, but the two-hour-long meeting did not reach a conclusion.

“We are trying to convince them to resume. However, we know their demands are genuine. We seek their cooperation, so roads and colonies remain clean before Diwali. EDMC has also informed the Delhi government and the lieutenant governor to resolve whatever financial issues they have before the situation goes from bad to worse,” said Bhagat.

On the other hand, the sanitation workers seem adamant.

“This time there will be an indefinite strike until we get all our dues cleared. We are tired of empty promises from the authorities. We have only one question: Why do only sanitation workers fall victim to the authorities’ financial crises, and not other departments of the municipal corporation? We have cooperated enough. We too have families and want a happy Diwali. We assure EDMC that if our dues are paid, we will put in extra hours to clean the roads and colonies,” said Ashok Gehlot, leader of the sanitation staff union in East Delhi.

EDMC commissioner Ranveer Singh said, “I, along with other senior municipal staff, today have met the finance secretary of Delhi, and urged the government to release their dues, and deduct the amount from our annual grant.”

So will Delhi see a clean Diwali or a garbage-strewn one?

Smart cards are the silver lining of the DMRC hike

If the announcement of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) fare hikes have agitated commuters, the news about extra concessions on smart cards should pacify them. Yes you read right! Travel through smart cards has become even more cheaper and convenient.


The commuters shall now avail discount upto 20% if they travel during non peak hours. As defined by DMRC the non peak hours are from the start of the first early morning train to 8am, from 12 noon to 5pm and from 9pm to the time of the last train of the day. Essentially these are the times that do not accommodate the office going commuters. Delhi breaking news

Now the Delhi Metro smart card user can save more when he undertakes multiple routes in the network. Since many office goers and a large majority of students travel during non peak hours, this 20% concession is definitely translating to a benefit for commuters in general.

Earlier, a smart card carried a 10% discount on every journey undertaken. The added concession is also an incentive for people to use the DMRC more. Apartment management software

This is not the only silver lining of the fare hikes. The DMRC has also announced discounted fares in the range of 20% to 50% on Sundays and national holidays. According to DMRC, the overall concept of discounted fares has been introduced to control the rush during peak hours. Presently, 70% of metro commuters are smart card users.

Dwarka RTI activist prevails after more than three dozen hearings!

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), in response to the case of SK Goyal from Dwarka vs chairperson, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and other organisations, has asked the agencies to set emission standards for diesel locomotives.


It has further directed the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to quickly approve the draft on emission standards submitted by the (CPCB). A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the CPCB to upload the guidelines for emission standards on its website as well. Dwarka news

“…we dispose of this application finally with a direction that the guidelines containing locomotive standards will be put up on the website of the CPCB and expeditious efforts shall be made by all the stakeholders, including the ministry of railways, MoEF, CPCB and any other ministries that may be concerned with the same, to approve the final parameters for locomotive engines, after completing the study and then notify the same,” said the bench.Apartment management software

RTI activist and present general secretary of Dwarka Forum, Sanjeev Kumar Goel, had filed an RTI on the matter. The case had finally reached the NGT in 2013 through CPCB.

Earlier, NGT vide its order dated November 24, 2014, had constituted a committee comprising senior officers from the ministry of railways, CPCB, ministry of petroleum and IIT Delhi.

The committee was ordered — within a period of six months — to collect data, complete study, specify and prepare the guidelines, which would be duly adopted by all concerned agencies. The implementation was to be ensured by the CPCB.

Talking to City Spidey, he said, “Am happy that the order came — even if after five years! It took more than three dozen hearings and god-knows how many government agencies to get things done! Let’s hope the guidelines shall be adhered to by the Indian Railways. India is now among a handful of countries that has such standards. The development will ensure that railway engines don’t cause pollution.”

The unclean reality of Clean India campaign in Dwarka

A cleaning spree can generate litter. Yes indeed if one observes the ongoing ‘Clean India’ campaign at Dwarka. Broken and un-emptied dustbins at public places and horticulture waste callously dumped on footpaths, roadsides and dumping spots catch your eye as you walk or drive through the subcity. Garbage too is burnt most inappropriately. Dwarka News


Moreover, the newly installed plastic dustbins at the entrance of market places are in a damaged state. A resident of Sector 4, Sameer Rahi said, “These dustbins are a telling reminder of the fact that Clean India is yet another public interest initiative where accountability is totally lacking. This is sad as public money has been used. Clean India can never be successful if this continues.” Apartment management software

“Throughout Dwarka, public dustbins are totally mismanaged. Be it markets, bus stands or parks the dustbins are never cleared on time,” said Suman Tiwari, a resident of Sector 11.

Burning of garbage and throwing of horticulture waste on footpaths and roadsides also point to the appalling apathy of the civic administrators and common people, who are equal stakeholders of Clean India.

Dumping spots in Sector 14, Sector 20, Sector 8, Sector 7 are now garbage burning sites. DK Sarkar a resident of Sector 6 said, “I feel that the municipal corporation is responsible for rampant garbage burning in the subcity. They could have stopped the phenomenon but have failed.”

Retorting this allegation, Deputy Commissioner of SDMC, Najafgarh Zone, Sanjeev Kumar said, “We are very strict about garbage burning. I will ask the concerned officials to locate the garbage burning sites and prosecute the people who are doing it. I shall also take remedial measures in terms of broken and mismanaged dustbins and improper garbage disposal.”