Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on 2 September 2017 banned the dumping of solid waste at East Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill and North Delhi’s Bhalswa landfill after his meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The decision banning dumping of waste at Ghazipur, Bhalswa landfills came following the collapse of a portion of Ghazipur landfill on 1 September 2017 in which two people were killed. Traffic near the landfill was diverted from the adjoining road as an immediate safety measure.
The garbage will now be dumped at new sites in East and North Delhi. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), which manages Ghazipur landfill site, will now send collected garbage for disposal to Ranikhera near Delhi-Haryana border.
As per the government, the permissible height for a garbage dump is 20 metres. However, the Ghazipur dump was 60 metres high.
The other major dumping sites in the city are in Okhla and Narela-Bawana.
Clearance of Ghazipur Landfill by NHAI
Earlier in November 2016, incidentally, the EDMC signed an MoU with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for using the solid waste from the site for the construction of Delhi- Meerut Expressway, a section of the NH-24.
Following the ban, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) assured L-G that it will soon begin the process of lifting, segregating and processing of the solid waste by November 2017 for its use in road construction. The entire landfill site will be cleared by 2019.
When: 2 September 2017
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