‘HC should summon LG over waterlogging’
With the Delhi High Court lambasting civic bodies over the issue of waterlogging, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said it should “summon” Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung as the post has been upheld as the administrative head by it in a recent verdict.
He termed as “strange” the high court’s observation that work has to be executed irrespective of who is at the helm of the government.
“When HC has said that LG is govt, then HC shud summon LG for waterlogging. This is strange. How can High Court not be concerned who is govt? HC says LG is govt and then asks CM to do the job?” the CM said in a series of tweets.
On the Delhi government’s submission that its senior officials were not cooperating since the August 4 judgement, the court flatly said on Thursday: “We are not concerned about who is government and who is not.”
It also warned senior Delhi government officials of contempt of court action in case work was not undertaken as per established norms in this regard.
Pulling up the local bodies for passing the buck on each other, the court attributed the severe waterlogging to clogging of drains by plastics and other non-biodegradable materials.
The court on 31 August also pulled up the Public Works Department (PWD) and civic agencies on the water-logging situation in the city, saying there was “no justification for clogged drains”.
The national Capital on Wednesday came to a standstill due to waterlogging after three hours of heavy rains. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was visiting the national Capital, while beginning his lecture at IIT-Delhi, where he reached late due to the situation, with a light-hearted comment said: “I don’t know if you came in boats or amphibious vehicle of some kind.”