The court had ordered framing of the draft bye-laws after environmental experts like Sunita Narain, Almitra Patel and M C Mehta, had claimed that a major challenge faced in solid waste management was lack of such provisions.The court was looking into the issue of solid waste management as it was of the view that garbage and lack of cleanliness contributed to spread of vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya.
The view was expressed by the court during the hearing of two PILs by lawyers Arpit Bhargava and Gauri Grover who had sought directions to municipal bodies and other authorities to take steps to prevent the spread of dengue, chikungunya and malaria.
During the day’s hearing, the bench said nothing much has changed since the last date of hearing in August when it had questioned the efficacy of steps taken by the authorities, especially the municipal corporations, to clean up the city.The observations came after the bench viewed a video depicting lack of cleanliness and waste management in the national capital.
The court further said the corporations would have to ensure a reduction in the garbage and said the municipal bodies were yet to address the issue.The bench also said that the entire problem was caused by the unauthorised colonies in the national capital.
( Source – PTI )