Green tribunal raps Delhi govt over rising garbage dumps
The height of the garbage heap at Okhla has already reached 48.5 metres, against the permissible height of 20 metres. In 2016, the Supreme Court had compared the height of garbage dumps with that of Qutab Minar.delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2017 21:25 IST
The National Green Tribunal on Monday rapped the Delhi government over the lack of proper infrastructure to deal with decaying garbage at landfills.
Delhi generates around 14,000 tonnes of garbage every day. Three out of the four landfills in Delhi ran out of space nearly a decade ago. Sometimes fires break out in these garbage dumps, triggering heavy air pollution.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the state government to inform the tribunal on the steps taken to reduce the height of garbage dumps at Bhalswa, Ghazipur and Okhla.
“The NCT, Delhi would show as to what steps have been taken to reduce the height of the mountain dumps of waste in Bhalswa, Ghazipur and Okhla,” the bench said.
The height of the garbage heap at Okhla has already reached 48.5 metres, against the permissible height of 20 metres. In 2016, the Supreme Court had compared the height of garbage dumps with that of Qutab Minar.
Earlier this year, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal had visited the capital’s largest landfill site at Bhalswa and had directed the municipal corporation to use modern technology to manage solid waste.
Landfills, experts say, should be the last option for waste management and recycling is the only way to reduce the trash load sent to the dump sites.
The green body noted that Delhi generated nearly 14,100 metric tonnes of garbage per day but lacks the infrastructure and appropriate technology to deal with it.
The tribunal had last year constituted a committee to look into the working of waste-to-energy plants in the national capital. It had also asked Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee to approach the Delhi government to provide more landfill sites in the city and maintain them strictly in accordance with the Solid Waste Management Rules of 2016.
It also directed the Delhi government to submit a report on the status of cleaning the major drains which join river Yamuna.