The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to civic agencies and the Delhi government on a PIL alleging that the “multiplicity of authorities” was responsible for the problems being faced by the citizens.
The PIL filed by law students Ebbani Aggarwal and Gaurav Deep alleges that even though the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and municipal corporations have been created by separate parliamentary acts, the principles of local governance had been introduced by the 1993 amendment to the Constitution. The Supreme court had also issued directions in 2004 regarding the role of the municipalities, which were “ignored”.
The PIL has asked for all laws relating to civic agencies to be “reviewed”. It has also sought directions to the three municipal corporations to take over the functions of local governance, including regulation of land use, public health, sanitation, conservancy and solid waste management as enumerated in the 12th Schedule of the Constitution.
The court of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva issued notice to the three corporations, the DDA, the Delhi government, the Delhi Jal Board, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board and the Public Works Department to respond to the plea by August 19.
During the brief hearing, the petitioners also told the court that “the DDA was defunct” as the work was now under the jurisdiction of municipal authorities.
“The DDA continued to carry out and interfered with the works of the municipal corporations… this is an abject violation of MCD Act and the Constitution by the respondents. People residing in Delhi are suffering at the hands of the respondents,” the plea said.