Facing flak from the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Ghaziabad municipal corporation has prepared a plan to cover and concretize nearly 230 open garbage collection centres spread across the city. Lack of urban planning and unscientific disposal of municipal solid waste mar Ghaziabad city which generates nearly 850 metric tonnes of solid waste daily.
The move by corporation came as the green court recently sought personal appearances of Ghaziabad district magistrate, vice chairman of Ghaziabad development authority and municipal commissioner during a hearing of a petition on improper dumping of garbage.
“We have identified a list of about 230 garbage collection centres. The list will soon be sent to the development agencies to provide land. We will also seek funds for cementing the open collection centres. The agencies were to develop the covered and concretized centres while they developed residential colonies. As per norms, a garbage collection centre is required within a distance of 500 metres from the other centre,” said Dr RK Yadav, city health officer, Ghaziabad municipal corporation.
The corporation now plans to construct concrete platforms at the collection centres for dumping of solid waste. The agency also has plans to construct boundary walls on three sides of the centres. At present, most waste collection centres are open from all sides and located in colonies and even along roads.
“The centres stink and cattle and other stray animals feed on garbage. During the hearings on the petition, we also submitted photographs of areas where garbage was dumped and burnt in the open. All these acts pose threat to the environment and create unhygienic conditions for residents,” said Vikrant Sharma, district coordinator of NGO Jalbiradiri.
Sharma’s colleague Krishan Pal from Baghpat had filed the petition and contended dumping of solid waste near river Hindon in Ghaziabad.
At present, the city generates nearly 850 metric tonnes of daily solid waste which, the corporation claims, goes to a temporary landfill site at Pratap Vihar. The designated site for a solid waste management plant at Dundahera, near NH-24, is under litigation.
Following the petition, the Ghaziabad district magistrate held a meeting with officials from different departments and issued directions.
“We have directed Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) to give land for the landfill site to the municipal corporation at the earliest. A joint committee also visited another site at Galand but the land was not in a continuous patch. So GDA is directed to make available a continuous patch for the purpose,” said Nidhi Kesarwani, district magistrate, Ghaziabad.
She added, “The corporation has to prepare a detailed report for scientific disposal of garbage. For short term, the corporation is directed to get the collection centres covered and construct boundary walls. Officials will have to take up the responsibility and ensure compliance.”