“People are dying” due to lack of proper disposal of waste, the Supreme Court said today as it expressed concern over garbage dumped at landfill sites in the national capital.
“I have seen some TV reports in which it was pointed out that people are dying (due to lack of garbage disposal). What are you doing,” a bench headed by Justice M B Lokur asked Solicitor General (SG) Ranjit Kumar who was appearing for the Delhi Chief Secretary.
Responding to the query, Kumar said he would take instruction on the issue and inform the bench on the next date of hearing about the steps being taken to remove and dispose garbage from the landfill sites.
“On the next date of hearing, we will come up with the instructions whether these landfill sites can be moved to some other place and what are the steps being taken to remove the garbage,” the SG said.
He said that the October 6 meeting between the Lieutenant Governor, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and others could not take place as the CM was unwell and a meeting in this regard was held yesterday.
The SG informed the bench that various issue, including disposal and cleaning of garbage and sewer, were discussed in yesterday’s meeting and also filed the minutes of the meeting in the court.
The counsel for the Delhi government told the bench that Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had attended yesterday’s meeting on behalf of Kejriwal as the CM was in Gujarat.
Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, who is an amicus curiae in the matter, could not attend the proceedings in the apex court today and the bench posted the matter for October 21.
On October 6, the apex court had criticised the authorities over the handling of dengue and chikungunya menace in Delhi and observed that they here were “not interested” and the people have been “left to suffer”.
( Source – PTI )