Supreme Court comes down hard on Delhi LG over issue of garbage disposal. (File Photo)
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had to face the wrath of the Supreme Court on Thursday over the issue of disposal of city’s garbage. The apex court came down hard on the LG after it was informed 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.
“You say ‘I have power, I am a superman’. But you don’t do anything,” an angry Supreme Court told the lawyers representing the Delhi LG.
The Supreme Court’s reaction came a day after it asked the Centre and the Delhi government to clarify who could be held responsible for clearing the “mountain loads of garbage” in the national capital — those reporting to L-G Anil Baijal or to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
“Now, we have the advantage of the verdict. There is mountain load of garbage in Delhi, particularly in Bhalswa, Okhla and Ghazipur. We would like to know who is responsible for clearing the garbage “those answerable to the Lt Governor or those answerable to the Chief Minister,” a bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.
The top court’s direction came days after its verdict on the power tussle between the Lieutenant Governor and the Aam Aadmi Party government in which it held that the LG has no independent power to take decisions and is bound by the elected government’s aid and advice.