The National Green Tribunal today pulled up the Railways for its failure to check littering on tracks near New Delhi railway station, saying “you are creating havoc in the society”.
“We have one of the greatest heritage in the world. What will the people coming to national capital think about the state of affairs in the country. At least you all do some work honestly,” a bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.
The bench was hearing a plea seeking a blanket ban on use and sale of plastic products on Indian Railways platforms across the country besides imposing a ban on open defecation by people around the tracks.
The green panel asked the Indian Railways’ counsel to show how many people were fined for throwing garbage on railway tracks as directed by it earlier.
The counsel submitted that although some people were fined by the authorities but most of them were poor, unwilling and incapable to pay the fine imposed by the tribunal for throwing garbage on tracks.
“You (Indian Railways) don’t do the charity at the cost of others. You are creating a havoc in the society. Just travel five minutes from New Delhi railway station towards Sadar Bazaar and Sabzi Mandi areas and you will find huge heaps of garbage thrown on and besides railway tracks,” the bench said.
It asked the counsel for Railways whether any dustbins have been installed in those localities and whether people were being made aware about it as directed by the tribunal.
The counsel submitted that though in some areas dustbins were kept but people were still throwing garbage on tracks.
“We have honest officials who are continously working to sort out the problem and who want the things to be done,” the counsel submitted.
The bench, however, looked dissatisfied with the submission and said, “If you were so honest, nothing in the world would have deterred you from taking measures. You have tribunal’s order, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and workers at your disposal.”