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Ghazipur landfill collapse: North Delhi mayor meets LG Anil Baijal over issue

Ghazipur landfill collapse: North Delhi mayor meets LG Anil Baijal over issue”

Attacking the "failure" of the BJP-run Municipal Corporation Delhi (MCD) which led to the Ghazipur tragedy, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) protested outside BJP Delhi president Manoj Tiwari's residence on TuesdayThe group was joined all the three Leaders of Opposition (LOP) from AAP, its councillors and various party workers.

On September 1, a part of the garbage piled up at the Ghazipur landfill fell that killed two persons. Ghazipur landfill was supposed to shut down 15 years ago. For the last two days, garbage had been piling up in east Delhi.

Before allotting of any site by the DDA to the civic bodies, a clearance from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) is mandatory.

He also stressed on the need for processing entire solid waste generated in Delhi with specific timelines.

Commissioner apprised the L-G that now the civic body is collecting 4,650 metric tonnes of garbage per day, which consists of 2,600 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW), 1,400 metric tonnes of silt and 650 construction and demolition (C and D) waste. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) manages the landfill site that was started in 1984 and is spread over 29 acres. According to officials, the permissible height for a garbage dump is 20 m.

In the wake of the ban on dumping of garbage at Ghazipur, earlier, a decision was taken to divert the waste to Bhalswa landfill site (about 50-metre high), but as it is already used way beyond its saturation, a new site in Ranikhera was identified. But Mayor Neema Bhagat explained that most of the garbage has been going to the waste-to-energy plant at Ghazipur and only a smaller remainder is being dumped at the "safe" spot.

Chairing a meeting, which was attended by Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain, PWD's Principal Secretary Ashwani Kumar and commissioners of all the three civic bodies, the L-G said the waste would be used by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for construction of service roads. NDMC officials said Agarwal met Baijal at the Raj Niwas to discuss the issue. "We utilise 1300 metric tonnes at the waste to energy plant but the rest could not be removed from the dhalaos (local dumping sites)", a senior official from Shahdara North zone was reported to have said.

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