After reports of municipal solid waste being discovered in containers that landed in Kochi from America, there is an investigation in today’s Times of India about British waste being dumped in Tamil Nadu. Read the report here. Such waste is not declared as such
In the Kochi case, the State government announced that the municipal waste would be shipped back to where it came from in the US. Read that report here.
Will the Government of India muster sufficient courage to enact laws that put the importers of such waste, who are operating a blatantly illegal and anti-social enterprise, behind bars? The recurrent episodes of import of wastes, including e-waste into India is a clear pointer that the Central Pollution Control Board and its State counterparts are completely ineffective, and the present laws do not have provisions to deter such attempts to turn India into a waste dump.