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MCD developing new landfill site

Sandeep Joshi

South Delhi site would meet Capital's garbage need for at least next two decades

NEW DELHI: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has started developing a huge sanitary landfill site in South Delhi to dispose of the massive amount of garbage generated daily. It is also in the process of acquiring another huge piece of land for the same in North-West Delhi.

The landfill sites being developed will be able to take care of Delhi's garbage for the next 20 to 25 years. The Regional Plan-2021 of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) states that the daily generation of solid waste of 8,000 metric tonnes now will shoot up to 15,000 metric tonnes by 2021.

According to MCD's Additional Commissioner (Environment Management Services) K.D. Akolia, a huge engineered sanitary landfill site is being developed at Jaitpur near Badarpur in South Delhi that would meet the need of Delhi's garbage for at least the next two decades. "Work is on at a fast pace and dumping of garbage will start soon," he informed.

Similarly, the Delhi Development Authority has allotted land to the MCD at Bawana-Narela in North-West Delhi to be developed as another landfill site. "We will soon get its possession after which the development work will begin. It will take around two years to develop the site after which the garbage dumping will commence," said Mr. Akolia.

At present Delhi's garbage is being dumped at three landfill sites -- Ghazipur in East Delhi, Bhalswa-Jehangirpuri in North Delhi and Okhla in South Delhi. While Ghazipur site has already crossed its saturation point, Bhalswa-Jehangirpuri site is almost overflowing. At Okhla, the site is being under-utilised due to security restrictions as it falls on air traffic route.

"Ghazipur has crossed its saturation point but we will continue to operate till the ambitious slaughter-house project is made operational," informed Mr. Akolia, adding that the site at Bhalswa-Jehangirpuri would continue to operate for some more time till Jaitpur site was made fully operational.

Though the MCD might have found a solution to garbage disposal problem for at least two decades, it will still have to look for other innovative ways of garbage disposal. And if no alternate method or technology is found for it, the civic body will have to arrange another 100 sq. km. of land by 2050, which will a very tough task. Experts say Delhi would fall short of more land to be developed as landfill sites in the years to come, while recent experiences show that the neighbouring States would also neither give land for the same nor allow Delhi's garbage being dumped on its land.

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