SC Rips Authorities for Failure to Handle Delhi's Municipal Waste

SC Rips Authorities for Failure to Handle Delhi's Municipal Waste

On Monday, the Supreme Court strongly criticized authorities for their inability to manage the municipal solid waste produced in Delhi, labeling it as a "deplorable situation."

The Supreme Court noted that in the national capital, a staggering 3,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste goes untreated daily.

"Given this situation, what measures do you propose?" inquired a bench comprising Justices AS Oka and Ujjal Bhuyan, addressing the lawyers representing various authorities, including the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

The bench emphasized the critical importance of addressing the processing of municipal solid waste in the national capital, stressing that political considerations should not interfere with this crucial issue. The hearing on the matter has been adjourned and will be resumed later in the day.

During the hearing on April 22, the Supreme Court expressed dismay, labeling it as "shocking," that out of the 11,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste generated daily in Delhi, 3,000 tonnes remained unprocessed.

After reviewing a report from the Commission of Air Quality Management (CAQM) regarding pollution levels in the national capital region and its neighboring areas, the Supreme Court acknowledged the severity of the issue, underscoring its significance.

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