Every citizen, at the same time, has a fundamental duty to maintain cleanliness in and around his abode, the court observed.
The Uttarakhand High Court has issued landmark guidelines on solid waste management while disposing a public interest litigation filed by Sai Nath Seva Mandal.
The Society, through the PIL, had brought to the notice of the court that the municipal waste generated in Kashipur city is being dumped directly in Dhela river near the Sai temple situated on Moradabad Road in Kashipur town.
While issuing the guidelines, a bench comprising Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia observed: “The zenith of civilization can only be gauged how clean the cities and towns are. Every citizen has a fundamental as well as human right to clean and hygienic environment. Every citizen, at the same time, has a fundamental duty to maintain the cleanliness in and around his abode. There are more persons indulging in littering, dumping of garbage at public places vis-à-vis the persons employed to clean up the mess. We must keep and maintain the dignity of the workers employed to clean the cities and towns”.
The court also observed that the authorities have a mandatory duty to collect and dispose of the garbage/waste generated from various sources in the city. Non-availability of funds, inadequacy or inefficiency of staff, insufficiency of machinery etc. cannot be pleaded as grounds for non-performance of the statutory obligations, it said.
Following guidelines were issued: