Cess On Waste: Legal Experts Say Civic Body is Skating on Thin Ice

Published: 31st October 2014 06:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st October 2014 06:06 AM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: Legal experts say it was not correct on the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) part to collect garbage cess from residents and also ask them to manage waste they generate. If residents challenge the BBMP’s move in a court, it may be difficult for the palike to defend itself, they say.

G R Mohan, High Court advocate, says BBMP could refuse to collect the waste if it is not segregated, but it cannot insist on waste disposal by apartments.

BBMP’s move of imposing a penalty of Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 will not stand in a court, he says.

K T Gurudev Prasad, senior HC advocate, says, “It is the duty of any corporation to dispose of the waste generated by public.” He says the civic body’s latest move is not legally tenable.

A V Amarnath, another  advocate, too says that the BBMP won’t be able to defend its latest move in a court of law.

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