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Pollution: SC reprimands Delhi government, warns of investigation regarding audit of advertising expenses

The Supreme Court, while hearing a petition regarding pollution, has warned the Arvind Kejriwal government of Delhi

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Delhi government for imposing responsibility on municipal corporations on the issue of road-cleaning machines amid serious pollution problem in the national capital today and warned that making excuses would cost him a total. Will compel an audit investigation on the revenue earned and expenditure on advertisements.Also Read – The trend of Escape Tourism is increasing in Delhi, know what is this new trend, know

The Supreme Court said, “Such excuses will compel us to find out the total revenue being collected and spent by you on popular slogans and conduct an audit investigation instead of taking care of the people.” Also Read – Lakhimpur Kheri Case: Uttar Pradesh government is ready to investigate the matter with outside judges, now the decision will be taken on 17th

Senior advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi government, told a bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant that the government has installed 69 mechanical machines to clear the dust from the roads. To this the bench asked, “Are these machines enough for the whole of Delhi?” Also Read – Delhi Pollution: Ban on construction work; Government should also understand their pain – ‘There is no work, what will we eat?’

The bench said, you are again imposing responsibility on MCD

Advocate Rahul Mehra Mehra, appearing for the Delhi government, said that all this is looked after by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), as it is an independent and autonomous body. He said that the mayor or the corporation concerned can file an affidavit in the staff record about whether this is sufficient. To this the bench said, you are again imposing responsibility on MCD.

Supreme Court said – will force to conduct audit investigation

“Such pretexts will compel us to ascertain and conduct an audit inquiry to ascertain the total revenue being collected and spent by you on popular slogans instead of taking care of the people,” the top court said.

69 mechanical machines installed for road sweepers, cleared an area of ​​more than 85,000 km

The Delhi government in its affidavit told the apex court that 69 mechanical road sweepers in the city have been installed by the agencies concerned and more than 85,000 km of roads have been cleared using these machines.

Delhi government said – sprinkled water on the road area of ​​more than 22,000 km

The Delhi government also told the apex court that 372 water sprinklers have been installed in Delhi to suppress the dust particles on the roads and from October 2021 to November 13, 2021, water has been sprinkled on the road area of ​​more than 22,000 km. .

Wanted to know whether the smog towers installed by Delhi government are working

The top court had on Saturday asked the Delhi government about the steps taken by it to control air pollution in the national capital and whether the smog towers installed by it were working. The top court had also said that it has become a fashion to hold farmers responsible for air pollution.

Petition to provide free stubble removal machine

The court was hearing a petition filed by environmental activist Aditya Dubey and law student Aman Banka, seeking a direction to provide free stubble removal machines to small and marginal farmers.

Kejriwal had recently inaugurated the “country’s first smog tower” at Connaught Place in Delhi.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recently inaugurated the “country’s first smog tower” at Connaught Place in Delhi and said it would prove to be a milestone. He had said that if the pilot project yields good results, then many such towers can be set up in the city. (input language)

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