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The NGT, July 25, 2022, had asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) “to collate information on legacy and active dump sites in cities having a population of more than one million and in the state and Union Territory capitals with timelines to prepare and execute fire management plans with requisite facilities and infrastructure.”
The CPCB issued three communications with respect to legacy waste as well as with respect to control of fire in dumpsites:
1. Direction for enforcement of solid waste management (SWM) rules 2016 regarding biomining of legacy wastes dated January 27, 2021, to Chairperson of all State Pollution Control Board and Pollution Control Committees
2. Letter on state-wise details of solid waste management to all State Pollution Control Boards/ Pollution Control Committees dated August 23, 2022
3. Direction for implementation of Solid Waste Management Rules, 1986 – regarding fire incidents at dumpsites dated May 26, 2022.
Information has been received by CPCB from 10 State Pollution Control Boards/ Pollution Control Committees in response to the three communications, stated in the report.