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Keep Dwarka Clean, Orders Delhi High Court

12Jun 2017

Emphasizing on cleaning the sub-city Dwarka, the Delhi High Court has ordered SDMC (South Delhi Municipal Corporation) to plan guidelines and bring in new concepts such as color-coding to segregate waste.


The matter of waste segregation has to be addressed by the civic agencies on a "priority basis", said a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Pratibha M Singh while asking SDMC to make sure that draft guidelines are offered the great exposure by putting it up on the website of corporation and giving copy of each society in the sub-city.


"South Delhi Municipal Corporation shall sketch the simple and clear instructions drawing attention towards the most influential points like 3 color-code collection process, points of collection, days of collection for several kinds of wastes and timings for waste collection. Preferably the collection should be made on a shift basis beginning at 4 am. The point of each collection would be done and the appropriate timings etc. should be evidently notified," said the bench.

Serious Action Taken By the High Court

The high court has asked the SDMC and DDA (Delhi Development Authority) to work together with each other in compiling the information essential for the exercise. It recommended bringing in a system of disincentives, with the intention that if a society or certain people do not help in waste segregation, they would then be “rightfully dis-incentivized" and “garbage would not be collected from their apartments".


HC directed the authorities to file an action taken the report in 6 weeks, showing the compliance of directions including log books of the solid waste collected in last 3 months from 16 dhaloas in the sub-city of Dwarka.


The order came on PIL filed by the law student and Dwarka dweller Ebbani Aggarwal on the matter of lack of sanitation and bad condition of roads and pavements in the sub-city, a comparatively newer addition to the Indian capital housing sky-scraping increase apartment blocks and various workplaces and hotels.


With the issue of pavements, HC directed DDA to file an affidavit representing total pavements (in kilometers) given for in Dwarka and what really subsists, their state of renovating and when they were last appraised.


The authority has to confer its response within 6 weeks. HC listed the issue for furthermore hearing on August 9. The court had formerly said the downfall of municipal corporations to provide an efficacious waste removal technique was one of the reasons for the lack of cleanliness in Dwarka.