HC seeks stand of Cen­tre, Delhi on land­fill site plea

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New Delhi: Delhi high court on Wed­nes­day sought the stand of the Cen­tre, Delhi govern­ment and the three mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions on a PIL seek­ing cre­ation of a new land­fill site for dump­ing the solid waste and garbage gen­er­ated in the cap­i­tal.

Abench of Chief Jus­tice D N Pa­tel and Jus­tice C Hari Shankar is­sued no­tice to the Union en­vi­ron­ment min­istry, AAP govern­ment and the civic cor­po­ra­tions, seek­ing their stand on the plea that has also sought di­rec­tions to stop dump­ing of waste at the ex­ist­ing land­fills at Ghazipur, Bhal­swa and Okhla.

The pe­ti­tion was filed by an NGO called Anti Cor­rup­tion Coun­cil of In­dia and ar­gued that the ex­ist­ing sites were filled be­yond their ca­pac­ity and also pose a health risk to those liv­ing near them. The pe­ti­tion has al­leged that chem­i­cals from the land­fill sites have reached the ground­wa­ter and con­tam­i­nated it, lead­ing to var­i­ous ail­ments and wa­ter-borne dis­eases in peo­ple liv­ing nearby.

It has also con­tended that the land­fill site at Ghazipur is just 8 me­tres shorter than the 73me­tre-tall Qu­tub Mi­nar, pos­ing a peren­nial health haz­ard and a “stark re­minder of ad­min­is­tra­tive ap­a­thy and cap­i­tal’s strug­gle with waste man­age­ment.”

“The mu­nic­i­pal body gen­er­ates 2,600-2,700 met­ric tonnes of garbage everyday, of which 1,100 met­ric tonnes is dumped at Ghazipur land­fill, as per of­fi­cial data,” the plea adds.

Seek­ing an im­me­di­ate ban on waste dump­ing at the three over­flow­ing land­fill sites, the PIL wants author­i­ties to chart an op­tion where res­i­dents won’t be sub­jected to health prob­lems as seen in lo­cal­i­ties near the cur­rent land­fill sites. The plea high­lights that the sites were not de­signed as per the Mu­nic­i­pal Solid Waste Rules, nor do they have au­tho­ri­sa­tion from the Delhi Pol­lu­tion Control Com­mit­tee. But the civic bod­ies have in ear­lier hear­ings on the sub­ject of land­fill sites ar­gued that they have “no other op­tion” but to use these sites and they are be­ing “con­tin­ued at the risk of hu­man life.”

The pe­ti­tion was filed by Anti Cor­rup­tion Coun­cil of In­dia and ar­gued that the ex­ist­ing sites were filled be­yond their ca­pac­ity and also posed a health risk to those liv­ing near them

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