'Delhi being buried under garbage, Mumbai sinking': SC slams state governments' inaction over waste management
NEW DELHI: Delhi is getting buried under mounds of garbage and Mumbai is sinking under water, but the government is doing nothing, an anguished Supreme Court said on Tuesday.
It slapped fines on 10 states and two union territories for not filing their affidavits on their policies for solid waste management strategy.
Expressing its helplessness over the situation, the top court lamented that when the courts intervene, the judges are attacked for judicial activism, and said what can be done when government of the day does not do anything or acts in an irresponsible manner.
A bench of Justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta referred to the recent apex court order on the powers of the Delhi government and lieutenant governor and asked them to inform it by Wednesday who was responsible for clearing of the three "mountains of garbage" (landfill sites) at Okhla, Bhalswa and Ghazipur in the national capital.
"You see, Delhi is getting buried under mountain loads of garbage and Mumbai is sinking. But yet, the government does not do anything. When the courts intervene, we are attacked for judicial activism. We are given lectures on separation of powers and encroachment of jurisdiction," it said.
The bench was annoyed after it was informed that around 13 states and several Union Territories have not yet formulated their policy for solid waste management strategy.
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