The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi to make a collaborative effort with the help of civil society and resident welfare associations to clear Delhi of its garbage. A three-judge Bench led by Justice Madan B. Lokur turned to L-G Anil Baijal after, in a previous hearing, voicing its exasperation at how garbage was being dumped outside the homes of underprivileged families. Justice Lokur had even challenged the authorities to dump rubbish outside the Raj Niwas, the official residence of the L-G.
The Bench asked senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, who is amicus curiae, to suggest names of five persons from civil society and experts who could participate in the committee as members. A recent affidavit filed by the L-G’s office said Delhi is struggling to contain its daily waste generation. The L-G produced statistics to show the Supreme Court that lack of land to establish new landfill sites had choked the Capital, which produces 10,200 tonnes per day of municipal solid waste.