Irked after the civic agencies claimed that work on cleaning the Kushak nullah, one of the major drains in Delhi, had stopped due to certain orders from the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Delhi High Court recently said the court “could not abdicate its functions and the power to issue writs under Article 226 of the Constitution of India “cannot be usurped by other institutions”.
“Dredge the area and get the nullah cleaned,” the court of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said, after the counsel for the South Delhi Municipal Corporation said that the blockage of Kushak nullah was due to construction debris as the work of covering the nullah had been left partially incomplete.
Expressing its ire after being shown pictures of partly constructed covers and rubble blocking the flow of water in the Kushak nullah near South Extension, the court directed the South corporation to “immediately clean” the drains. “Cars are getting parked over the rubble, the nullah is blocked, what are you doing?” the court asked.
The counsel for the South corporation informed the court that the NGT had banned construction of covers over the nullahs in Delhi.