HC slams civic bodies for more garbage than land for people in Delhi

NEW DELHI, June 24: In the view of death incidents caused due to a heap of garbage in the national capital, Delhi high court on Friday took suo moto cognizance of the two recent death cases.

A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar expressed concern over the of TOI reports on the death of a ragpicker while removing garbage due to electrocution and a nine-year-old boy’s death in a compost pit.

It has also ask north corporation and DDA to file its reply on the incidents. It also cited reports in TOI showing accumulation of solid waste in various parts of the city and expressed disappointment over the situation where there is more garbage than land for people in the capital.

It also pulled the civic bodies for the negligence towards cleaning garbage in the city and combating dengue and other diseases, saying funds were not the problem but absence of will was.

Referring to the unfortunate deaths, the court rapped the agencies, saying court orders needed to be read first “before we talk of implementation”.

While the ragpicker was allegedly electrocuted as he tried to remove a garbage heap where a live wire had fallen, the nine-year-old boy fell into a pit dug up by DDA four months ago. Seeking reports, the court also reminded the agencies that “it is high time we changed the way we work” to ensure more children or people don’t die.

 Wefornews Bureau

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