Delhi High Court slams MCD for poor sanitation
By Praveen Dwivedi
Posted: Jun 21, 2017
Delhi High Court has asked Delhi government and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to explain why the city's streets are flooded after only a little rain.
Hearing an argument on Delhi’s poor sanitation, the court slammed all three municipal corporations (NDMC, SDMC and EDMC) for their claims that the city would not witness waterlogging this monsoon. After watching a report on the condition of the city after the recent rains, the court said, “These reports show the ground reality and the report shown by MCD is clearly an eyewash.”
According to information received, the municipal commissioners for NDMC and SDMC were present in court, while the EDMC commissioner was not. On June 2, irked over a false report by MCD, the court had issued notices to municipal commissioners and had sought their presence in court today.
The court not only slammed municipal commissioners for the false reports on garbage and waterlogging but also asked why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for violating the court’s directives. The court also questioned the lack of coordination between MCD and other government agencies, which led to clogging of drains and garbage lying unattended in residential colonies and roads.
Rebuking MCD and the Delhi government for the increase in vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya, the court blamed the government agencies of apathy towards the problems being faced by the city’s residents. “MCD's duty is not only to collect taxes from people but also to provide facilities. Mosquitoes don’t wait for meetings," the court said. It also ordered mapping of vulnerable areas where dengue and chikungunya cases have occurred.
Meanwhile, slamming the Delhi government's Public Works Department (PWD), the court said, “According to your affidavit, you have cleaned all areas in Delhi. However, the report shows that garbage has not been removed from drains.”
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