“Either work or leave,” the Supreme Court told officials Monday as it pulled up the Delhi government and the corporations falling under the Centre over the city’s air, water and garbage woes.
A bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Gupta also took suo motu cognisance of the drinking water pollution controversy in Delhi and said “Delhiites have right to get pure water”.
The bench, which quizzed Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev about steps taken to deal with pollution in the national capital, noted that there were reports that “impure water is being supplied” and also “contrary reports that the samples were manipulated”.
According to Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman and AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya, a report on water quality in the capital will be released in 10 days.
The Delhi government is carrying out the tests to challenge an earlier report released by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which found Delhi’s water quality to be the worst among 21 cities surveyed.
The apex court said that in matters of air and water pollution, it is the constitutional duty of all stakeholders to provide better air and drinking water.
“You are not even able to lift the garbage in Delhi… Are you serious about water and air pollution?… Why (are) your corporations not doing anything?” Justice Mishra told Dev.
In his reply, Dev said the corporations only had the capacity to process 55% of the 11,000 metric tonnes of garbage generated in Delhi. He also blamed the Centre and the Lieutenant Governor for the issues, only to be reminded by the bench that “it is primarily your duty”.
On the question of reconsidering the construction ban, the court asked the CPCB to submit a report and added that it will deal with the matter after perusing the report.
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