NGT Directive: Railways & MCD to place dustbins in 46 slum clusters alongside Railway tracks

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Monday directed the Railways and Municipal Corporations to identify exact locations for placing dustbins in 46 slum clusters adjoining railway tracks. It has directed them to place at least a dustbin on one of the sites in 24 hours.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation placed dustbins in Nizamuddin and Okhla during the day.

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar has also asked them to ascertain how they plan to collect all the municipal solid waste, transport it and treat it at the two waste treatment plants in Ghazipur and Okhla.

While counsel for Railways Om Prakash told the tribunal that they have already given a list of 46 sites to the Municipal Corporations, the counsel for the corporations Balendu Shekhar said they have already placed three dustbins at Kirti Nagar, Shakur Basti Railway Station and Nangloi railway station.

At this the Bench remarked in a lighter vain, “You people are capable of doing wonders. The only thing is that we have to get wonders done by you.”

The Bench also said though the locations have been identified, it wanted exact spots where dustbins are to be placed.

“You will identify all the sites where the dustbins are to be placed and place the first dustbin today. For the remaining 45 locations, we will give you time,” it said.

Prior to this, the Bench was informed about the nodal officers appointed by the Railways, the corporations and others on its orders.

The nodal officers would be the ones who would keep track of the developments and keep the Tribunal informed.

NGT has directed the Railways and civic bodies to identify locations for placing dustbins in 46 slum clusters adjoining railway tracks