The three municipal corporations have been offered a list of 10 possible sanitary landfill sites to combat the problem of garbage.
The decision was taken at a meeting of commissioners of the civic bodies with officials of the urban development ministry, the Delhi Development Authority and other stakeholders, during which the 10 sites were identified.
“After the order of the high court on sanitary landfill sites, a tentative list of five sites has been suggested for the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. This includes a 60-acre plot near Okhla SLF, 450-acres in Bhati Mines, 30-acres in Tajpur Jaitpur Pahari, 150-acres in Ghitorni and 100-acres in Mandi village.
For the North civic body, the sites identified are 100-acre plot in Sultanpur Dabas, 150-acres in Pooth Khurd, 27.5-acres near Hamidpur village behind APMC compost plant, 42.5-acres near Palla village on Bakhtawar Pur Road and 62.5-acres between Palla village and Haryana border,” a senior corporation official said.
The East Corporation will share the landfill sites with South Delhi Municipal Corporation.According to the official, the move still required approval from certain agencies after which it could be put into process.
“The forest and environment department will submit its comments regarding environmental issues, if any. The DDA will have to submit issues regarding change in land use according to the Master Plan of Delhi. The land owning agencies will submit procedure for transfer of land,” the official said.
He added that a follow-up meeting on the issue will be held on June 4.
The issue acquired urgency after the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) banned dumping at three — Bhalswa, Okhla and Ghazipur — of the four existing dumping sites.
However, the three municipal corporations continue to dump garbage at the said sites because of lack of alternative sites despite repeated court orders and demands.