Though the NDMC has been lauded by the Central Pollution Control Board for better waste disposal and for “taking effective steps” to control the stray animal menace near the garbage dumps and trolleys in the 14 zones it inspected, a look around the Delhi High Court will be enough to disbelieve that praise.
When this reporter took a walk around the high court, he found the nearby garbage trolley overflowing. Filth was strewn around with stray dogs feasting on it. People were peeing on the National Gallery of Modern Art wall, adjacent to the court. One could see urine marks on the entire wall and the stench was unbearable. And this was essentially the parking lot of the Delhi High Court (HC).
“My boss is in the court the whole day and I, being his driver, have to spend the entire day in the car. What do I do if I have to urinate? There is no public toilet near the Delhi High Court,” said the driver of a senior lawyer, who was found urinating at the spot.
Lawyer Ashok Agarwal, on whose PIL the court began issuing these orders on cleaning up the city, said, “If this is the situation around the court that is monitoring the situation in Delhi and issuing directions since more than a decade, what can one say about the other areas?”
“The people, especially the drivers of lawyers and litigants who urinate around the court, cannot be blamed. There is no public toilet nearby. The nearest toilets are inside the lawyers’ chambers which very few know of and then there are toilets inside court complex where entry is banned without passes. The NDMC should look into the matter”, adds Agarwal.