Supreme Court has reprimanded the Aam Aadmi Party government on the rising garbage levels in Delhi. The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Madan Lokur said ’45 metre high piles of garbage at some place in Delhi is alarming.’
Under pressure of the stern message from the apex court, Arvind Kejriwal announced the formation of a three member team to look into the issue of garbage disposal. The team will be headed by Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain and Environment Minister Imran Hussain and Kapil Mishra will be the other member. The three member ministerial committee will interact with stakeholders including the MCDs and submit a report by November 10. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, ‘We look at it as an opportunity even though this is the responsibility of the MCD.’
On Friday, the Supreme Court expressed concerns over the lack of initiatives by the Delhi government. ‘It’s a bully who blames others for problems. Don’t say MLAs have no responsibility to clean the city and they should spread awareness,” said the Supreme Court.
However, NDTV visited various Delhi neighbourhoods and saw that heaps of garbage were piled outside colonies. Vivek Sharma, General Secretary of Greater Kailash Part 4 Resident Welfare Association (RWA) blames the lack of initiatives by the authorities as a hurdle. He says, ‘RWAs are willing to come on board but the government should lead the way. They should create awareness programs, pump in funds and encourage waste segregation.’