From Landfill To Mountain, Here's What Led To The Ghazipur Tragedy

| September 2 , 2017 , 14:42 IST

After days of heavy rain the national capital Delhi, a mountain of garbage in Delhi's Ghazipur landfill site collapsed sweeping nearby vehicles into the Kondli canal, killing 2 people.

A police said that debris from the collapse swept away a car and a two-wheeler, along with their riders, into the nearby Kondli canal. The woman was riding the two-wheeler when the landfill portion collapsed.

However, the landfill has been there for a long time now standing around 50 meters tall, giving out a stench and toxic gases that mark the entire area.

While the landfill was first commissioned in 1984, it has long outlived its utility.

There are three landfill in the national capital with a collective operating capacity of 4,600 MTD but takes the entire 8,500 MTD waste.

The other two sites are in Bhalaswa and Okhla which were commissioned in 1994 and 1996 respectively.

According to reports, these landfills were not designed as per the Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules neither do they have Delhi Pollution Control Committee's authorisation.

The civic bodies are however claiming that there are no other option but to continue with them.

According to the rules, the acceptable height of a garbage dump is 20 meters while the Ghazipur landfill stands around 50 meters tall.

Despite the judiciary's repeated warnings the civic bodies have not done anything but blame the DDA for not providing land.

Delhi also has three waste to energy plants in Okhla, Ghazipur and Narela Bawana with a collective capacity of over 4000 MTD.

What's more alarming, is that the capital's garbage production is expected to reach 15,000 MTD with nowhere to dump.