SC slams ‘Su­per­man’ Lt Gov for do­ing noth­ing on garbage is­sue

Oman Daily Observer - - INDIA -

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thurs­day ex­pressed dis­plea­sure on the fail­ure of Delhi Lt Gover­nor, whom it termed “Su­per­man”, for not tak­ing ef­fec­tive steps to tackle garbage prob­lem in the city, af­ter his of­fice ad­mit­ted that garbage man­age­ment comes within its ju­ris­dic­tion.

A bench of Jus­tice Madan B Lokur and Jus­tice Deepak Gupta slammed Lt Gover­nor Anil Bai­jal for not tak­ing ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion on the is­sue of solid waste man­age­ment in Delhi and took into note that he did not at­tend cru­cial meet­ings on the is­sue and had not passed any di­rec­tions too.

On Tues­day, the bench had asked who is re­spon­si­ble for clear­ing the “moun­tain loads of garbage” — those an­swer­able to the Delhi Lt Gover­nor or the chief min­is­ter and in re­sponse, both the Delhi govern­ment and the Lt Gover­nor on Thurs­day told the court that the Lt Gover­nor has the power to is­sue di­rec­tions to au­thor­i­ties con­cerned un­der the pro­vi­sions of Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion Act on dis­posal of solid waste.

The bench said the meet­ings held by the Delhi health min­is­ter would not be not ac­cepted by the Lt Gover­nor be­cause he would say it was chaired by some­one with­out author­ity. “Who is the health min­is­ter ac­cord­ing to LG?” asked the court.

“No­body from LG’S of­fice both­ered to at­tend meet­ings and he says I have the power. I am Su­per­man... It’s pass­ing buck, he says ‘I am re­spon­si­ble, I will not do any­thing, but you will be blamed’, ” the bench said.

“Your (LG) af­fi­davit says it’s (solid waste man­age­ment) your re­spon­si­bil­ity. So don’t bring chief min­is­ter into the pic­ture,” it added.

The court, which was up­set as there was no con­crete plan for solid waste man­age­ment in the city and said “moun­tains of garbage” (three land­fill sites) — Ghazipur, Okhla and Bhard­waj — in­di­cate that Delhi is fac­ing a grave sit­u­a­tion and di­rected the Lt Gover­nor’s of­fice to file an af­fi­davit by July 16 on the time frame about the steps to be taken to deal with the sit­u­a­tion.

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