On Delhi Garbage, Supreme Court’s ‘Superman’ Snub To Lt Governor

Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal faced the wrath of the Supreme Court today after he said garbage disposal in the city was the job of the civic body and he was in charge of monitoring it. The Lieutenant Governor’s response came after the top court – which is looking into the solid waste management issue across the country — asked who was responsible for the “mountains of garbage” that were slowly burying the city, the Centre or the Delhi government.
“You (the Lieutenant Governor) say ‘I have power, I am a Superman’. But you don’t do anything,” the judges said after amicus curiae Colin Gonsalves said no one from the Lieutenant Governor’s office has attended any meeting on the clean-up at three main landfill sites of Delhi — Gazipur, Okhla and Bhalaswa.The court’s rebuke comes days after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had accused the Lieutenant Governor of fueling what he called a strike by the IAS officers of Delhi to hobble the elected government. The officers, he said were repeatedly skipping meetings chaired by ministers, severely affecting administration.