SC slams Lt Governor on Delhi garbage; says ‘Superman’ does nothing

New Delhi: Miffed with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s response over accountability of waste disposal, the Supreme Court on Thursday slammed him while making a reference to the power struggle in the national capital.

During the session, Baijal said that waste disposal was the job of civic body and that he is only meant to monitor it. He was responding to court’s inquiry about the “mountains of garbage” that were slowly burying the city. The court sought a clarification whether the Centre or the Delhi government should be held responsible.

“You (the Lieutenant Governor) say ‘I have power, I am a Superman’. But you don’t do anything,” the judges said after amicus curiae Colin Gonsalves said no one from the Lieutenant Governor’s office has attended any meeting on the clean-up at three main landfill sites of Delhi — Gazipur, Okhla and Bhalaswa.

This development comes days after the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s accusation that the Lieutenant Governor was fueling a ‘strike’ by the IAS officers of Delhi, to disrupt the workings of elected government.

Kejriwal had said that administration was being affected as the officers were repeatedly skipping meetings chaired by ministers. The matter was partly solved with a judgment from the top court, which said the centre’s representative in Delhi has control only over land, police and public order.

Earlier in March, the top court had said that the garbage mounds at the Ghazipur landfill will soon compete with the height of 73-metre-high Qutab Minar and red beacon lights will have to be used to ward off aircraft flying over it.

“There is no change in the ground level from 2015 since we started monitoring the case. Another three years will go,” said a bench of Justices Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta.

The court ordered the Lieutenant Governor to provide identity cards and uniform to ragpickers and update it by 2 pm.