The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday pulled up the local municipal authorities over the deteriorating civic conditions in the city.
The court noted that despite repeated orders, the condition in the city of Lucknow concerning sanitation, garbage collection and its disposal, solid waste management, accumulation of garbage on open spaces and the menace created by roaming stray cattles on the streets, was far from satisfactory.
In this backdrop, the bench comprising Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya and Justice Rajan Roy has summoned various government officials, along with the proposal to address the problem.
"To suggest and take adequate and effective measures to mitigate the aforesaid civic problems, we require presence of Municipal Commissioner of Lucknow Nagar Nigam, Housing Commissioner, Vice-Chairman, Lucknow Development Authority, Chief Town and Country Planner, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Planning and Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Urban Development on the next date for assistance of the Court…
The Officers to be present on the next before this Court shall come prepared with the proposal for removal of civic problems as aforesaid. They will also apprise the Court as to whether at any place or in City in the State of Uttar Pradesh there is any proposal or any ongoing project where some underground facility for garbage disposal, is contemplated/ going on," the order read.
The order has been passed in appeal preferred by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation against an order of the district consumer forum imposing heavy penalty on the corporation and directing it to remove the filth.
While the court had decided to remove the pecuniary penalty, it took suo moto congnizance of the civic conditions in Lucknow and decided to pass appropriate orders not only on LMC but also the Lucknow Development Authority, to make the city absolutely clean.
The bench has also summoned the MD of Madhyanchal Vidut Vitran Nigagm Limited to apprise the Court as to the plans for removal of electricity poles and for laying down of underground electricity cables.
The matter will now be taken up on March 23.
Case Title: Nagar Nigam, Lucknow & Anr. v. District Consumer Forum I, Lucknow & Anr.
Case No.: Misc Bench No. 11727/2019
Quorum: Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya and Justice Rajan Roy
Appearance: Advocates Kuldeep Pati Tripathi, Dr. V.K. Singh, Shailendra Singh Rajawat and Shaquiel Ahmad (for Appellants); Advocates BN Rai, Shailendra Singh Chauhan and Yogesh Mishra (for Respondents)
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