The AAP blamed the BJP on Friday for the imposition of a Rs 900 crore fine by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the Delhi government for mismanagement of municipal solid waste and demanded that the civic body ballots be held in the city “at the earliest”.
Addressing a press conference, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Durgesh Pathak said the people of the nation’s capital will have to pay the price for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)’s “inefficiency”. , which is led by the BJP.
There was no immediate reaction from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the allegation made by the AAP.
“We demand that the MCD polls take place at the earliest so that the people of Delhi can oust the BJP from the civic body,” said Pathak, AAP’s MCD poll manager.
The NGT on Wednesday ordered the Delhi government to pay Rs 900 crore as environmental compensation for mismanagement of municipal solid waste, observing that citizens cannot face an emergency due to a lack of of governance.
A bench headed by the President, Judge Adarsh Kumar Goel, noted that about 80% of the three crore metric tons of waste inherited from the city’s three landfills – Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla – have not not been sanitized.
The green panel said there was a serious violation of citizens’ rights and a failure of the doctrine of public trust to protect the environment and public health by the authorities concerned.
“The measures taken so far do not meet the mandate of the law and are not proportionate to the grim factual emergency, constantly threatening the safety and health of citizens and the environment without any responsibility of the officers in charge of this task,” he said.
Fixing the liability of state authorities for past violations, the bench said: “We hold the National Capital Territory of Delhi liable to pay an environmental compensation of Rs 900 crore in consideration of the amount of waste not disposed of, which is in the measure of three crore metric tons at the three landfills.
The amount could be placed in a separate account which would operate under Delhi’s chief secretary for environmental restoration through waste remediation and other measures, the bench said.
He also ordered authorities to ensure that current waste is not added to historic landfills and that waste is disposed of according to standards.
“Because of the BJP led MCD, the NGT has imposed a fine of Rs 900 crore on the people of Delhi. This is very unfortunate and a disgrace. Due to the BJP’s inefficiency, failure to do its labor and corruption, the NGT imposed the fine,” Pathak alleged.
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