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HC ticks off people for litter on roads, suggests fine

The court has asked the agencies to file fresh photographs indicating the work done in the area.

The Delhi High Court has suggested that citizens and civic agencies should be fined for dumping garbage and malba on roads and empty plots, after it was told that the dirty conditions in Dwarka were because of littering by local residents.

The court had recently pulled up the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the DDA over the conditions of the subcity after a PIL filed by two law students had indicated rubble and garbage strewn on the roads and empty plots.

During the hearing on Tuesday, the court of Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul also noted that “only cosmetic work” seemed to have been done in the area, despite the court’s directions to the civic agencies.

“It is not upto the mark, we are not satisfied. Why can’t you self galvanise? Extend your work beyond what we have said,” the court said.

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The court also took note of the lack of awareness among the residents, and suggested that the SDMC should start fining people.

The court on Tuesday also impleaded the DMRC as a respondent in the case and directed the DMRC counsel to be present in the court, after petitioner Ebbani Aggarwal and Gaurav Deep said that the area near the Sector 12 Metro station was “inaccessible” and a lot of rubble was present in the nearby areas. The court also suggested that the civic agencies could consider that mandatory written permission be required before any digging could be done in the city.

The court has asked the agencies to file fresh photographs indicating the work done in the area.

First published on: 01-10-2014 at 02:21 IST
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