Expressing concern at mounting garbage in the national capital region, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that days are not far when garbage mounds at Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill site will match the height of the iconic 73-metre high Qutub Minar.

Hearing the matter related to the implementation of Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, the apex court took strong objection to non-implementation of the rules in the country.

The top court said the day is not far when garbage mounds at the Ghazipur landfill site in Delhi will match the height of iconic 73-metre high Qutub Minar and red beacon light will have to be used to ward off aircraft.

“We keep on passing orders but solid waste management rules are not implemented. What is the use of passing the orders when no one is bothered to implement it. India will go down under the garbage one day,” a bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.

The top court also asked all the states and union territories to frame a policy for disposal of solid waste in three months.