A bench comprising of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah noted “Draw from the experience of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; they are doing some great work”,
The Supreme Court on Wednesday lauded the efforts of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the ‘Mumbai Model’ with regards to managing the oxygen situation in the city. It also suggested the Centre and Delhi Government, who are busy in a blame game of their own, to examine the model and learn from it.
A bench comprising of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah noted “Draw from the experience of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; they are doing some great work”, according to LiveLaw. The bench was hearing a petition filed by the Centre against the contempt notice issued by the Delhi High Court for failing to supply 700 MT of oxygen per day to Delhi in terms of the Court orders.
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“There is a wealth of information coming in every day. Bombay Municipal Corporation is doing some great work, with no disrespect to Delhi. What they are doing, how they are managing. We can learn from them. I also understand that Maharashtra also produces oxygen which Delhi cannot do”,
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Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta agreed with the Judge and stated, “I do applaud the Mumbai model. It is not a political model. As an officer of the Court, not for Centre or State, we need to find a solution. People cannot run from pillar to post. This is not to undermine efforts of Delhi”.
Justice Chandrachud said that there is a need to create a buffer stock for emergency purposes and proposed that the Chief Secretaries and Health Secretaries of both the Delhi Government and the Central Government should have a discussion with the BMC Commissioner and learn from their experiences.
“If this can be done in Mumbai, which is an incredibly congested city, then it can be done in Delhi as well. If both the Chief Secretary and Health Secretary of Delhi and Centre could converse with the BMC commissioner and the additional commissioner if you can draw from that experience how you can create storage tanks, and buffer storage etc, if you can do that between today and Monday, we will get a plan in place for Delhi on the Bombay model, we will have a fairly successful model in a global metropolis in Delhi” he observed.
The Apex Court, meanwhile, stayed the contempt order issued by the Delhi HC and said that “Hauling up officers taking recourse to contempt jurisdiction will not itself resolve the problems confronting the National Capital Territory of Delhi…”. However, it asked the Centre to adhere to the April 30 Supreme Court order and ensure 700MT of oxygen supply to Delhi daily.
Delhi reported 20,960 cases and 311 deaths in the last 24 hours.
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