A day after the Supreme Court told the Delhi government to stop being a ‘bully’ by blaming others for garbage collection and disposal in the capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said though it was the MCDs’ job to collect and dispose garbage, the government looked at it as an “opportunity”.
“The Supreme Court made certain observations about garbage collection and disposal. Though it is the job of the MCDs, not the Delhi government, we look at this as an opportunity. We have decided to form a ministerial task force which will talk to all stakeholders, including MCD commissioners. The task force, led by minister Satyendar Jain, will also include ministers Imran Hussein and Kapil Mishra,” said Kejriwal.
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The move was part of a slew of decisions taken by the Delhi cabinet Saturday morning. Kejriwal added that with the Supreme Court monitoring the issue, it will help the government overcome many obstacles.
The three-member task force will submit its report to the apex court on November 10.
“The task force will also apprise the Supreme Court in case it faces any hurdle in meeting the challenge of solid waste management. The task force will also consider solutions to tackle air pollution and will start implementing concrete measures as soon as possible,” said a government official.
On Friday, the Supreme Court had told the Delhi government that it cannot shy away from its responsibilities of sensitising the people. Pulling up the government over garbage mounds near landfill sites that stood at “more than half the height of Qutub Minar”, the Supreme Court described the situation as “alarming”.
The court had said that Delhi’s MLAs would have to start putting their own house in order and directed the MLAs of Okhla, Bhalaswa and Ghazipur to attend a meeting, to be called by the Delhi Chief Secretary, to deliberate on issues of solid waste management, including the segregation of garbage.