EDMC: Need 10 years to clear Ghazipur landfill

The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has told the Delhi Assembly’s Environment Committee that clearing the Ghazipur dump will take at least ten years at full performance.

The municipal government has also admitted that it lacks the funds, land, or a comprehensive plan to address challenges being faced at the Ghazipur landfill site.

The EDMC criticised authorities such as the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for failing to provide land for additional waste to be disposed of. The commissioner also mentioned that the Ghazipur waste-to-energy plant has been shut down after the private partner went bankrupt. The factory is currently undergoing repairs and will not be operational until May 2022.

The municipal corporations must remediate legacy waste at the Ghazipur dump by March 2022, Bhalswa by December 2023, and Okhla by March 2023, according to an action plan submitted to the National Green Tribunal.

The Environment Department of the Delhi government held the EDMC accountable for the recent blaze and fined it Rs 50 lakh for its “carelessness.”

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