Reminding of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ultimatum, served on Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) to shift dumpsite from its current location near Sunrise Colony, Burma Camp to the new dumpsite by January 31, 2024, the Joint Council Welfare Forum (JCWF) Ward 3 & 22 Burma Camp, Dimapur has appealed to the state government to take up the issue in a serious manner.
JCWF Ward 3&22 co-convenor Hokza K Awomi, GB, and general secretary Makuran Rongmei urged the government to shift the dumpsite within the stipulated time given by the NGT in the interest of the residents of the locality and the public in general.
The forum also appealed to the DMC to adhere to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) guidelines of waste management act 2016 & 2020. It may be mentioned that, NGT in March 2023 gave one-year time to DMC to find an alternative site for dumping garbage—six months for land acquisition and the remaining six months for shifting dumpsite. In November 2022, NGT levied Environmental Compensation of Rs 200 crores on Nagaland for allegedly not managing the solid and liquid waste management causing harm to the environment. The tribunal had ordered that bio-remediation process must be completed by May 31, 2024 and an affidavit of compliance in this regard should be filed by July 1, 2024.
It also ruled that biomining process should be completed by May 31, 2024.
NGT directed DMC to create green belt and buffer zone and completed these within six months, i.e., by September 30 this year, while installation of weigh bridge at the dumpsite should be completed within a period of three months, i.e., by May 31 this year.