‘Can’t even clean Dwarka, and we speak of Swachh Bharat’

The counsel for DDA, however, said he had no knowledge about the averments being made by the South civic body.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: January 22, 2015 1:46:56 am

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday warned that “coercive orders” maybe passed against the South Municipal Corporation and the DDA if the directives to clean up Dwarka were not complied with.

“We can’t clean up Dwarka and we are talking of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. If our order of December 3, 2014, is not complied with, we may be constrained to pass coercive orders,” a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva said.

In December, the court had ordered construction of 18 dhalaos (covered garbage dumps) in the sub-city.

Noting that according to pictures submitted by South corporation, Dwarka sub-city was still not completely clean and rubble and garbage could be seen lying around, the court listed the matter for February 18.

The civic body, however, claimed that it had cleaned all the areas under its control. It said it could not construct the dhalaos as the location of the sites was not clearly demarcated by the Delhi Development Authority.

The counsel for DDA, however, said he had no knowledge about the averments being made by the South civic body.

Meanwhile, the court pulled up the three municipal corporations for “neglecting” their duties using elections as an excuse and said “nothing”was being done regarding “disappearance of dustbins from the city.

“Delhi will go on having elections. It’s a normal lifestyle of the capital … nothing has been done,” the bench said after the counsel for the civic bodies sought more time to file their affidavits as directed by the court earlier.

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