NGT summons EDMC commissioner and Delhi police chief
Irked with East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC)’s lackadaisical approach on Ghazipur landfill site, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the municipal commissioner to be present in the court for the next hearing on April 23.
The green tribunal has also summoned Delhi Police Commissioner to appear in the court with a detailed report on action taken by the police after the landfill-site collapse on September 1.
Reprimanding the authorities concerned, the tribunal said except for floating tenders to hire private companies for waste segregation, no steps were taken by the EDMC on the ground to avert a repeat of the crisis — this, despite repeated directives.
NGT said, “As the situation is serious, we expected a serious approach from the corporation, which was lacking. We can’t allow such non-compliance and indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned...”
It further said: “Hence, we direct the EDMC Commissioner and Commissioner of Delhi police to be present before the tribunal with a factual report.”
On September 1 last year, a portion of the mountain-like Ghazipur landfill site collapsed, resulting in loss of two young lives. After a month, on October 19, the site was engulfed in a major fire, resulting in massive air pollution.