The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday pulled up the Delhi government, civic bodies and the Centre over the garbage crisis in Delhi due to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) sanitation workers’ strike.
The tribunal has sought an explanation for the menace and asked the government and civic bodies of their plans to deal with solid waste.
“In a tussle between government and corporations, you have made the general public suffer,” NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.
Over the matter of pending salaries of the East DMC employees -- the cause of their strike, the NGT sought an explanation from all municipal corporations, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Delhi government.
“The NGT sought a detailed report regarding how much budget MCD received from the Delhi government and why it could not give salaries to its sanitation employees,” said Balendu Shekhar, East DMC’s counsel.
He said the NGT also asked about the transportation system of the garbage.
“What is the plan of Delhi government to deal with the waste? Why have you failed as a government to deal with the issue,” Swatanter Kumar asked the Delhi government.
The NGT also asked the ministry of urban development what it has done till date for sanitation of Delhi.
In another matter, the Tribunal has issued a notice to other states asking them why segregation, collection and disposition of municipal solid waste is not in place.