Ghazipur Landfill: Green Court Raps Delhi Government, Civic Bodies


Ghazipur Landfill: Green Court Raps Delhi Government, Civic Bodies

The National Green Tribunal has rapped the Delhi government and the civic bodies over their “blame game” and shifting the responsibility for reduction and recycling of the municipal solid waste which led to the recent Ghazipur landfill collapse.A bench headed by NGT Chairperperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said that despite specific orders passed by the tribunal on various occasions, nothing specific has been done till date.Irked at the approach of the authorities, the green panel directed the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) to immediately start the work of “segregation, compaction and bio-remediation of the municipal solid waste” with the help of the Delhi government.”We direct deployment of JCB (mechanical excavactors) like machines and other mechanical process for the said purpose. It should be ensured that the waste, stated to be nearly 45 meters in height, must be provided with proper vents to ensure that methane gas does not get accumulated and causes further disaster.”They shall also cover the waste with soil. There shall be deployment of proper trained staff with complete equipment around the site, day and night, to ensure that there is no danger resulting from this huge dumped waste to the public at large and the environment, any further,” the bench said.It directed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to open the tenders on September 21 for deciding on the agency to carry out the segregation of waste at the Ghaziapur landfill site, subject to receiving sanction from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Read More…

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