Taking note of the various proposals submitted by the three municipal corporations and the Delhi government for solid waste management in the capital, the Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the government and the Railways board to look into expediting the release of several large tracts of land under their control to the municipal corporations for constructing landfills. The court has asked all agencies to expedite the work and also file their replies by May 7.
“Expedite the process,” the court said, adding that the issue of waste management was a “serious problem”.
The directions were issued after the counsel for the municipal corporations informed the court that various proposals and projects for waste treatment were being considered but could not be implemented because the agencies concerned had not released land.
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According to proposals filed before the court previously, the Railways board owns a 100-acre site near Okhla Phase-1, which had been given to the Container Corporation of India (CCI).
The Delhi government in its proposal had suggested that this land could be converted into a landfill. The court on Thursday directed the counsel for the Railways to file an affidavit giving the current status of the land in question, and whether it is being used by the CCI or if it can be released for waste management purposes.
The court also pulled up the counsel for the DDA for not giving a satisfactory reply concerning land at Tehkhand in South Delhi, which is currently under dispute in a case pending before the Supreme Court. The court has asked DDA counsel Rajiv Bansal to look into whether the “disputed” land can be converted into a landfill during pendency of the case.
Further, the Delhi government has also been directed to expedite the release of nearly 100 acres of land near Sultanpur Dabas in Northwest Delhi to the North municipal corporation for creation of a landfill.