Supreme Court raps L-G on Delhi garbage

The Supreme Court on Thursday said “mountains of garbage” in Delhi indicate that the city is facing a grave situation. The court slammed the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) for not taking appropriate action on the issue of solid waste management.

“You (L-G) say, I have the power. I am a superman. But you don’t do anything,” the apex court told Baijal after it was brought to the notice of the court that no one from his office attended the last three meetings to discuss ways to clean up Delhi’s three landfill sites situated at Ghazipur, Bhalaswa and Okhla.

Referring to the “mountains of garbage” at the three landfill sites — Ghazipur, Okhla and Bhalswa — the court said no action has been taken by authorities, including the office of the LG due to which Delhi was facing the serious problem. The office of L-G and Delhi government told a bench comprising justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta that municipal corporations have the responsibility to deal with the issue of solid waste management.

The apex court, in March this year, had said that the day is not far when garbage mounds at the Ghazipur landfill will match the height of 73-metre-high Qutab Minar and red beacon lights will have to be used to ward off aircraft flying over it.

The bench also termed as “utopian” the ‘state policy on solid waste management strategy’ which has been framed by the L-G office and observed that perhaps it would be impossible to implement as the East Delhi Municipal Corporation and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation don’t have funds to carry out their day-to-day affairs.

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