SC slams Lt. Governor for ‘inaction’ against ‘mountains of garbage’

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

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 L-G due to which Delhi was facing the serious problem.

The office of LG and Delhi government told a bench comprising justices M.B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta that municipal corporations have the responsibility to deal with the issue of solid waste management.

“This is nothing but passing on the buck,” an anguished bench said.

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.

Coming down hard on the L-G, the court said that despite convening 25 meetings on the issue, Delhi was still under “mountains of dumps”.

The bench directed the office of the L-G to file an affidavit by July 16 indicating the time frame on the steps it is supposed to take to deal with the situation.