The Delhi High Court, agitated at the failure of the three civic bodies in preventing water logging every time it rains in the city, pulled up top officials of the municipal corporations on Thursday and said they were very “lucky” at not being “beaten up by the frustrated public”.
The court also said the inaction was leading to the spread of various diseases like dengue. In the last one month, the city has seen a jump of more than 50% in the number of dengue cases being reported.
“Learn to respect the judiciary. We are in fact protecting you by assuring the aggrieved who approach the court that you will do your job. Otherwise you may get beaten up by the frustrated public,” the court told South Delhi Municipal Corporation deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar and chief engineer (central zone) Firoz Khan, who were present in the court.
A bench headed by acting chief justice BD Ahmed also bluntly told the Delhi government and three municipal corporations that their officials will be hauled up for contempt of court and punished if their claims that all drains had been de-silted was found false.
“If your claim is true then Delhi would not have any problem. You have said this earlier also. But water logging continues after each rain spell. What happened on Tuesday?” the bench asked.
“Are you not afraid of the court? You should know what we can do to you,” the bench told Khan.
Showing video clips of Tuesday’s waterlogging to the bench, South Extension-I RWA’s joint secretary Manjeet Singh Chugh told the court that critical spots in south and west Delhi had been submerged under a feet of water.
“Municipal corporations file false affidavit in court stating that they have done enough to contain water logging like completion of de-silting of drains. We wanted to show the real picture to the court,” he said.