Little Headway in Acquiring Land for Waste Disposal: Delhi HC

Published: 10th July 2014 07:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th July 2014 07:58 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court today termed as "most unfortunate" the lack of headway made by civic bodies here in acquiring land for managing the garbage piling up in the city.

The court directed the municipal bodies to inform it how they propose to use the sites given by DDA for waste management.

"Little or no headway has been made after our order of April 25, 2014, which is most unfortunate. Counsel (for the various authorities) present here are highly sensitive to garbage piling up in the city but very little action has been taken to resolve the issue," Justice G S Sistani said and listed the matter for further hearing on July 28.

The court also slammed the Land and Building Department (LBD) which said land acquisition will take time and urgent acquisition can be made only in case of a natural calamity.

"What else is a calamity if sitting atop a stinking pond is not? Let some calamity occur due to the rising piles of garbage and then you can acquire land"? the court said.

"The only headway that has been made is the six parcels of land measuring around 18 acres that Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has handed over to MCD," the court added after perusing the status report submitted by the land-owning body.

It directed MCD to "file an affidavit stating how they propose to use the six sites and the timeframe for the same" after the municipal body contended that the land handed over by DDA is "extremely insufficient" for the purpose of setting up an integrated plant to process garbage for which at least 75 to 100 acres of land is required.

In response to MCD's contention, DDA submitted it does not have 100-200 acres of land for handing the same over to the municipal body.

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