Expressing strong displeasure over the inordinate delay in making available fresh landfill sites to the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi for dumping garbage, the Delhi High Court on Friday summoned in person the Delhi Development Vice-Chairman to explain his position.
Justice G. S. Sistani summoned the Vice-Chairman on May 14 when the counsel for North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations, Sumeet Pushkarna, and the amicus curiae in the matter, Sanjiv Sen, submitted that the DDA had so far made available only 150 acre of land to them for new landfill sites while the Delhi Master Plan-2021 provided for 1,500 acre of land for it.
Mr. Justice Sistani also directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to convene a meeting of the three Municipal Commissioners; Secretary, Urban Development Department of the city Government; and the DDA Vice-Chairman to decide the allotment of land for new landfill sites without further delay.
May 14 the next
date of hearing
Mr. Justice Sistani further stated that the minutes of the meeting would be filed in the Court and all the officers attending the meeting would also appear before the High Court on May 14, the next date of hearing.
Counsel for the civic bodies further submitted that it had been three years when the Supreme Court had in 2010 directed the DDA to make the land available to the local bodies within three months so that they could shift dumping of garbage from the existing saturated landfill sites but the direction had not been implemented as yet.
In March this year, the civic bodies had informed the Court that the situation had reached such a point that with each passing day they were finding it increasingly difficult to operate the present landfill sites. However, they said, since there was no other option, they had been forced to continue to use these sites.
Ban on existing dumping sites
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has already banned dumping at three of the four existing dumping sites. But the three municipal bodies continue to dump garbage at the Bhalaswa, Ghazipur, Okhla and Narela-Bawana sites.
Chief Secretary asked to convene meeting to prevent delay in finalising garbage dumping sites Municipal Commissioners; Secretary, Urban Development Depart; DDA Vice-Chairman to meet
Chief Secretary asked to convene meeting to prevent delay in finalising garbage dumping sites
Municipal Commissioners; Secretary, Urban Development Depart; DDA Vice-Chairman to meet