STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 5 September
Saying instead of judicial work, the court was busy dealing with municipal issues, the Delhi High court today rapped the civic agencies for not doing enough to stop water-logging during Monsoon rains.
"What has happened to the system? For last two-three days, I am mostly dealing with civic and municipal works. There is no judicial work," said a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana.
Justice Ramana, who took oath as Chief Justice on 2 September, said that the Delhi government and civic bodies, including MCD and DJB, have failed to come up with the short-term and the long- term plans to tackle with the problem of water-logging.
The bench, also comprising Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, however, reserved its order on the petition, saying, "At some point of time, the court’s intervention has to come to an end. Such floating PILs take a lot of judicial time." It added that it would pass certain directions and asked the civic agencies to take action accordingly.
Earlier in this matter, a bench headed by Acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed had asked the heads of all civic agencies to depute officers who would look after the work and could be held accountable in case water logging is reported from their areas during monsoon.
Expressing anguish over the works of civic bodies in this matter, on 22 August, the bench had also asked the officials to carry out a drive for a week to be on the roads to monitor the situation during rains. The court had also expressed anguish over the failure of the civic agencies to de-silt the drains.