The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought responses from the Centre and the city government on a petition claiming lack of toilets in a slum near the Yamuna despite the much publicised Swachh Bharat campaign on cleanliness.

Issuing notices to the Centre, the Delhi government, the police, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), a Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar directed them to inspect the slum and file a report on the situation there before August 28, the next date of hearing.

The court was hearing a petition by three law students, Shabnam, Sonali Chauhan and Nitesh Kumar Mishra, who have claimed that the slum at Sarai Kale Khan in south Delhi does not have toilets, bathrooms and anganwadis.

Anganwadis

The students said the anganwadis were needed to provide nutritious food to the poor and deprived children of the slum.

The petition claimed that despite thousands of crores of rupees being spent on the Swachh Bharat campaign, hundreds of slum residents still defecated in the open due to lack of toilets.

The public interest litigation (PIL) also claimed that the authorities had not provided the facilities on the grounds that the slum was located on the Yamuna riverbed, despite the fact that there is a power grid and electric crematorium in the vicinity.

Apart from lack of toilets, the plea also claimed that the slum faces drinking water problems due to lack of permanent supply and tankers never deliver water on time.

The authorities have not provided facilities on the grounds that the slum islocated on the Yamuna riverbed, despite the fact that there is a power grid and electric crematorium in the vicinity

PIL filed in Delhi High Court

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