Expressing its displeasure at the dumping of construction rubble on empty plots in Dwarka, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday pulled up the civic agencies for failing to take steps against such activity and said such material was “the biggest contributor to air pollution”.
The bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva also pulled up the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) over the lack of cleanliness in and around garbage dumps in the area and gave the civic body 15 days to clean them up. The court also asked the SDMC to repair and clean the footpaths in the sub city. The directions were issued on a PIL filed by two law students who approached the court in 2014 over the issue of lack of cleanliness in Dwarka.
The court has now said the petitioners would “examine” if SDMC has complied with the direction and warned that failure to clean up the areas would result in disciplinary action against concerned officers and sanitary superintendents. The bench also called for a comprehensive status report from the Delhi Development Authority on the issue of maintenance of drains.
The counsel for the SDMC argued that dhalaos for dumping garbage had been constructed in the sub city, but people were still throwing garbage. The bench, however, noted that since there were “view cutters” installed outside the dhalaos, people could “assume” the dump was closed.