Vehicles caught while dumping waste in public places cannot be released without informing HC

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Kochi: Vehicles caught for dumping waste in public places shall be released only after notifying the high court, ordered Kerala HC division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice S V Bhatti and Justice Basant Balaji,

The court recommended multiple fines for offenders under the Kerala Municipality Act and the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. Fines under municipal acts can go up to Rs 10,000.

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In the backdrop of the Brahmapuram fire incident, the HC ordered strict action against industries without effective waste management systems.

Appreciation for Kasaragod Collector

The HC took note of the creative interference made by Kasaragod Collector Swagat Bhandari in regulating waste management in Mangalpady gram panchayat. She had threatened to take over the governance of the panchayat if an effective waste management system was not implemented at the earliest.

Taking note of the new waste management policy put in place for Thiruvnathapuram municipal corporation, the court directed officials and elected representatives to step in in case waste management systems designed by local industries prove ineffective.

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