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LG or CM? Who is responsible for clearing mountains of garbage in Delhi: SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today asked the Centre and the government to clarify by tomorrow who could be held responsible for clearing the "mountain loads of garbage" in the national capital -- those reporting to or to

The top court's direction came days after its verdict on the power tussle between the and the in which it held that the has no independent power to take decisions and is bound by the elected government's aid and advice.

"Now, we have the advantage of the verdict. There is mountain load of garbage in Delhi, particularly in Bhalswa, Okhla and Ghazipur. We would like to know who is responsible for clearing the garbage those answerable to the or those answerable to the Chief Minister," a bench of Justices M B Lokur and said.

At the outset, the bench asked Pinky Anand, appearing for the Centre, and the for government, under whose jurisdiction fell waste management.

"Under whose jurisdiction does waste management falls. Where is an affidavit on waste management policy? Who is responsible for clearing mountains and mountains of garbage in Tell us by tomorrow," the bench said.

Anand said she will file an affidavit by tomorrow on the issue.

"The affidavit in this regard should be filed by the of both the functionaries by tomorrow. For this purpose, list the matter on July 12," the bench said.

During the hearing, the court observed that Delhi is getting buried under mounds of garbage and is sinking under water, but the government is doing nothing. It also slapped fines on 10 states and two union territories for not filing their affidavits on their policies for solid waste management strategy.

"You see, Delhi is getting buried under mountain loads of garbage and is sinking. But yet, the government does not do anything. When the courts intervene, we are attacked for judicial activism. We are given lectures on separation of powers and encroachment of jurisdiction," it said.

On March 27, the top court had said that days are not far when garbage mounds at the Ghazipur in Delhi will match the height of iconic 73-metre high Qutub Minar and red beacon lights will have to be used to ward off aircraft flying over it.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 19:50 IST
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