A bench of justices B D Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva said it wants to see if the civic bodies, including the municipal corporations, Delhi Jal Board, Public Works Department and DDA were "capable" of maintaining cleanliness in a model area "or else we will disband the corporations".

"We want to see your capacity... Start cleaning from tomorrow morning," the bench said.

It, however, made it clear the exercise has to be carried out without displacing or "ejecting" any street vendor and without neglecting to clean the other areas of the national capital.

It directed the petitioner NGO Nyay Bhoomi to inspect the area (Lajpat Nagar) and submit its report before the next date of hearing on April 8.

It also told the corporations that it wants a "joint action plan on disposal of garbage" which has to be the same for all of them.

It also directed the municipal corporations to file their status reports as directed by the court on January 28.

The court had on January 28 had directed the corporations to adopt a 2001 order issued by then Commissioner of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and said appropriate circulars be
issued by each of three MCDs.

The High Court had on September 10 last year restored its earlier order to have the streets of Delhi, public premises, drains and parks cleaned on a daily basis, including on Sundays and public holidays.

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