Supreme Court Slams LG Anil Baijal For Garbage Dumps In Delhi

| July 12 , 2018 , 15:51 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday slammed Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal for not taking measures to handle the garbage issue in the city.

“You say, I have the power, I am a superman. But you don’t do anything," the apex court told Baijal after it was brought to the notice of the court that no one from his office attended the last three meetings to discuss ways to clean up Delhi's three landfill sites situated at Ghazipur, Bhalaswa and Okhla.

The court made the remark after additional solicitor general Pinky Anand refused to commit on a timeline to clean the garbage. She said she would revert after seeking adequate instructions.

“You say the corporations are answerable to you. Tell us within how much time will you clear the sites. Why should the corporations be asked? You are the L-G. You should have found out by now.” The court further asked.

According to media reports, the bench was annoyed after it was informed that around 13 states and several Union Territories have not yet formulated their policy for a solid waste management strategy. The top court slapped a fine of Rs one lakh each on Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Punjab, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry for not filing the affidavit despite earlier directions.

The bench also slapped a fine of Rs two lakh each on "remaining defaulting states/UTs" whose lawyers were also not present in the courtroom during the hearing, without naming these states.