Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar said that instead of owning up the blame for the Ghazipur landfill fire, the Delhi Environment Minister has directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to impose a fine of Rs 50 lakh on the East Delhi Municipal Corporation for “negligence”, and also sought action against officials, which amounted to shirking his own responsibility, as the Delhi Government cannot absolve itself for the Ghazipur landfill fire.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that both the Municipal Corporations and the  Arvind Government, who have been ruling Delhi for the past 15 years and eight years, respectively, should own up the blame equally as it was their incompetence and inaction which  led to the present state of the Ghazipur landfill. He said that the fact that it took the Delhi Fire Force over 50 hours to douse the fire as there was neither any approach road to reach the site of the fire nor water-filling facility nearby made the task of the fire force that much difficult, which clearly point towards the utter failure of the Arvind Government and the MCDs in tackling the mountainous landfill, where fires and accidents have become a matter of routine.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that whenever a mishap happens at the landfill, blame-game starts between the MCD and the Delhi Government, though they never join hands to find a lasting solution to this serious civic hazard, which not only pollutes the air, but also poisons the ground water, causing serious health hazard to people all around.

Ch. Anil Kumr said that Delhiites have been breathing toxic air for the past eight years, but the Arvind Government has not taken any effective steps to address this problem; instead he  blames other agencies for his own incompetence. He said that it was ironic that the BJP-ruled MCDs have been accusing the Delhi Development Authority under the Lt. Governor for not allotting land to create another landfill site so that the burden on the Ghazipur landfill could be reduced. He said that sadly  neither did a serious job to address this festering problem.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that Chief Minister Arvind made a big, hollow speech in the Assembly on non-issues without touching upon issues like pollution control, cleaning up of Yamuna and arresting price rise. He only  beat about the bush, talked about “patriotism” and “treason”,  which made no sense to the common people.