Of­fi­cials dis­cuss steps to con­trol land­fill fires

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - HT Correspond­ent htre­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI : The Delhi chief sec­re­tary on Satur­day took a meet­ing of var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies, in ac­cor­dance with Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT) or­ders, to dis­cuss “con­struc­tive so­lu­tions to stop fires at Ghazipur site”.

Also at­tended by sec­re­tary of ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, se­nior of­fi­cials of all the civic bod­ies, fire de­part­ment, ur­ban de­vel­op­ment de­part­ment, Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board, Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity and Delhi Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Com­mit­tee, the meet­ing dis­cussed so­lu­tions for con­trol­ling fires at land­fill sites across Delhi.

The min­utes of the meet­ing will be sub­mit­ted be­fore the NGT.

“Ex­perts from IIT Delhi, too, were present at the meet­ing. Dif­fer­ent steps like con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion waste and cov­er­ing the land­fill with silt, among oth­ers were dis­cussed. No de­ci­sion was taken,” a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said.

A bench headed by NGT chair­per­son jus­tice Swatan­ter Ku­mar, which or­dered the meet­ing, had asked the chief sec­re­tary to visit the land­fill sites and come up with con­struc­tive mea­sures to pre­vent fires in the fu­ture.

The di­rec­tion came in the wake of a ma­jor fire that broke out at the Ghazipur land­fill site in east Delhi on Oc­to­ber 19 and 20, which was ex­tin­guished after sev­eral hours of fire-fight­ing op­er­a­tions.

Of­fi­cials said such fires are a re­sult of the lack of seg­re­ga­tion of waste at source. When mixed waste is piled up, after a short pe­riod, it de­gen­er­ates into methane gas.

Methane is among the most po­tent green­house gases.

“At Ghazipur, the garbage has been dumped for years so methane gas is con­sis­tently re­leased all over. Though there is a methane gas plant in­stalled to trap the re­leased gas, how­ever, it cov­ers only a small sec­tion of the land­fill,” an East Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion san­i­ta­tion of­fi­cial said.

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