A report in The Hindu today indicates that the operations of Neel Metal Fanalca in Chennai are set to expand. Pulianthope will now be covered by NMF, the concessionaire that won the contract to manage the municipal solid waste in the city, in selected zones.
As I have pointed out in the past, the Chennai Corporation, which bears responsibility to implement the Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules 2000 has so far not taken necessary steps to ensure the implementation of the rules on the ground. It has included clauses that seem to meet the rules prescribed, but in the absence of a clear chain of disposal for all categories of waste, there is no clarity on whether it is meeting the obligation and whether the TN Pollution Control Board is ensuring that it does.
The Chennai Corporation has stated on the record that it has not been filing annual reports to the TNPCB or Central Pollution Control Board, which is an egregious violation of the law.
Evidence from the dumping ground in Perungudi indicates that the Chennai Corporation, through its concessionaire is actually violating the MSW Rules 2000. NMF has no means to complete the disposal either, at present.
While a clear picture emerges on Chennai’s compliance with the MSW rules, I am presenting a set of original pages from the Agreement signed by Neel Metal Fanalca and the Chennai Corporation on consumer related aspects. These pages form part of the full document, which is available with this blog, obtained under the Right to Information Act, 2005. They come to a very large file size, hence only individual pages are presented here for the moment. The full document will be uploaded soon after they have been stitched into a booklet. At the moment, I have no option but to post the consumer-related information as individual page PDFs.