SC tells Delhi govt to clear Qutub Minar-esque garbage mounds

"You have large number of MLAs and you must ask them to spread awareness about keeping the city clean," the court said.

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Amidst the outbreak of bird flu in the city, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Delhi government to take immediate action to curb the garbage problem in the capital, saying the situation is “alarming”.

Noting the garbage mounds near landfill sites were above 45 m, an SC bench led by Justice MB Lokur and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that the government is responsible to deal with the problem.

“These are almost like towers as like Qutub Minar. Height of Qutub Minar is 73 m and these mounds are more than half the size. It’s an alarming situation. Who is going to deal with it,” asked the court.

The court was hearing a plea pertaining to the garbage disposal problem in the city and directed the state government and MCD officials to convene a meeting to resolve the problem.

The AAP government earlier said its MLAs should be kept apart from the sanitation drive as the garbage collection and disposal is the responsibility of municipal bodies. Delhi government’s counsel Rahul Mehra reportedly said it would be “too much” to ask MLAs to look after the garbage issue since they were occupied with several other tasks.

Objecting Mehra’s argument, the apex court said: “”It’s a bully who blames others for problems. Don’t say MLAs have no responsibility in keeping the city clean. You have large number of MLAs and you must ask them to spread awareness about keeping the city clean.”

Recently, Delhi’s zoological park and the deer park were closed following an outbreak of avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu.

A month ago, the national capital saw deadly dengue and chikungunya outbreaks. Latest reports revealed that more than 7,400 people were affected with chikungunya in the city, while over 3,000 persons contracted the dengue virus this season.