Chandigarh civic body all set to notify C&D waste policy

Since the C&D waste policy is a new one, it will be notified by the Punjab governor and UT administrator in consultation with senior officials of the Chandigarh administration.

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The Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste policy is finally set to be notified. The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has cleared public objections it received over the policy and sent it to the Chandigarh administration for final notification.

Since the C&D waste policy is a new one, it will be notified by the Punjab governor and UT administrator in consultation with senior officials of the Chandigarh administration.

Sources said that the civic body authority had received around half a dozen public objections over the C&D waste policy. These were scrutinised on merit and discussed. In the case of two objections, the authority made changes before proposing notification.

The two objections were related to annual charges and jurisdiction in case of dispute. “The increase on annual charges under the C&D waste policy was fixed at 10% and was decreased to 5% based on the objection, as it was found genuine. Besides, earlier, disputes were decided by the MC commissioner and courts will also do so. After making these changes, the file has been sent to the UT administration for consideration and to issue the notification,” sources in the MC said.

Since the Chandigarh administration had approved the draft rules of the C&D Waste Policy aiming to reuse 100% C&D waste in the city after recycling, the UT will give various options to residents to bring C&D waste to its plant in Industrial Area. The UT is aiming to get C&D waste of Panchkula and Mohali as well.

After processing raw material, the machines recycle aggregates such as stones, gravel and a mix of debris to make concrete and related material. The recycled concrete goes into making tiles, curb channels and paver blocks, which the MC uses in different works. Silt, which is one of the by-products, is used in filling jobs on the construction sites.

The Chandigarh MC’s C&D waste plant was even selected as a model unit in the country and former MC commissioner K K Yadav was called for a presentation in Visakhapatnam to Smart City project representatives from various cities.