The north and south municipal corporations have slammed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for not allotting new sites for dumping garbage in the Capital.
They have also claimed that the dumping has led to the continued use of the four existing sites, which have reached their saturation.
“Things have now come to such a pass that it is getting difficult to operate the present landfill sites with each passing day. However, since there’s no other option, we have been forced to continue to use these sites despite the risk of loss of human life and property.
"DDA needs to provide us an alternative a site on an urgent basis. They need to consider a large number of new sites we have suggested,” Sumeet Pushkarna, counsel for North and South Delhi Municipal Corporation, told the high court.
The issue has acquired urgency after the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) banned dumping at three of the four existing dumping sites.
However, the three municipal corporations continue to dump garbage at the Bhalaswa, Ghazipur, Okhla and Narela-Bawana sites as the DDA is yet to give them alternative sites despite repeated court orders and demands in 13 years.
The agencies, in their affidavit, also took note of the article in Hindustan Times ‘Delhi staring at eco-disaster: Clogged landfills, mounting loads of waste’ that had appeared on March 15.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had, in an order on February 15, 2000, directed the urban development ministry, Delhi government and DDA to identify landfill sites within four weeks, bearing in mind the requirement of Delhi for the next 20 years.
“It is surprising that the DDA is building colony after colony, but it does not spare a thought for the looming eco-disaster. The garbage disposal issue in Delhi needs urgent attention,” Pushkarna told the court.
The MCD told the court that the Master Plan Delhi 2021 provided for reserving about 1,500 acres of land to cater to the needs of the next 20 years for setting up municipal solid waste processing units and sanitary landfill sites.
The plea by MCD to allow it to use large pits in the sprawling Bhatti mines as landfill sites is already pending before the court. Environmentalists are opposed to the suggestion on the ground that a wildlife sanctuary exists nearby.
Apart from Bhatti mines, other places suggested by the MCD are Ghumman Hera in South Delhi, Tajpur, Bakkarwala, Sultanpur Dabas (Bawana), Puthkurd Hamirpur village as well as additional land in Ghazipur and Palla village on the outskirts of the Capital.