The Supreme Court on Thursday castigated the Delhi Lieutenant Governor over for his attitude of being “a superman” but doing nothing to get the “mountains of garbage” of the city cleared, with one of the dumping sites even reaching a height close to that of the Qutub Minar.
A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta questioned the “attitude” of the LG and said, “Here nobody from the LG office bothered to attend the meeting. This is nothing but passing the buck. The (municipal) corporations are doing this, so it is their duty. Because I (LG) am a powerful man, nobody can touch me and I will not do nothing. This is the attitude.”
Referring to the affidavits filed by the office of the LG and the Delhi government, the bench said both of them have said that question of solid waste management in Delhi was the responsibility of the municipal corporations and the LG has the authority to issue directions in this regard under the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act. “Is the office of the LG responsible? According to your affidavit, the answer is yes. Then do not bring the chief minister into this,” the bench said.
The court said the height of the dumping sites have exceeded to such an extent and this was the “indication of inaction or action” of the LG’s office which has failed to remove solid waste from these sites. It also observed that despite the LG convening 25 meetings on the issue and making certain field visits, “nothing has happened”. “Inspite of these meetings, there are mountains of dumps in Delhi,” it said, adding that the national capital required serious attention on the issue of solid waste management.
The bench also dubbed as “utopian”, the state policy on solid waste management, which has been framed by the LG office, and observed that perhaps it would be impossible to implement it as the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) do not have funds to carry out day-to-day affairs. The bench directed the LG office to file an affidavit by July 16 indicating steps it would take to deal with the situation.