NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has ordered a crackdown against the civic bodies for lack of cleanliness in various parts of the Capital. The district magistrates (DMs) of have issued 178 notices seeking explanations from Municipal Corporation of Delhi officials.
According to officials, Delhi home and PWD minister Satyendar Jain had directed the district magistrates of to issue the notices.
“So far 178 conditional orders under section 133 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) have been issued to concerned officials of the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCDs) for unsatisfactory cleanliness and hygienic conditions, particularly near dhalaos (garbage dump),” said a Delhi government spokesperson.
Section 133 CrPC empowers a district magistrate/sub divisional magistrate/executive magistrate to issue a conditional order on the basis of complaints or otherwise for removal of nuisance from any public place that may be injurious to the health or physical comfort of the public.
This provision in criminal law also makes it clear that if the district magistrate is satisfied and invokes this section for the health safety of general public, then it cannot be challenged even in a court of law.
“With these orders, it is clear that the concerned officials of the three MCDs will have to provide reasonable explanations for the lack of cleanliness, failing which further legal action will be initiated. Delhi government will not tolerate any laxity in the discharge of duty for keeping the national capital clean, which has suffered due to the negligence of the MCDs,” the spokesperson added.
Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay, however, said that municipal safai karamcharis have maintained a satisfactory sanitation level.
“CM Arvind Kejriwal wants to defame the BJP ruled civic bodies,” said Upadhyay.