HC seeks stand of Centre, Delhi on landfill site plea
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