Fire raged on for nearly 50 hours at Ghazipur landfill

Picture of landfill for representational purpose only

More than 50 hours after a major fire broke out at east Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill site, firefighters finally brought the blaze under control amid challenges posed by the hard-to-reach fire spots and thick smoke. Strong winds and the presence of inflammable items in the garbage dump kept the fire going in sporadic places at Delhi’s biggest waste dump.

The Delhi Police has filed a first information report (FIR) against unknown persons in connection with the landfill fire.

Last year, four fires were reported at the Ghazipur landfill, which covers 70 acres. It is India’s tallest dump, standing at 50 metres. The EDMC is targeting the removal of 5 million tonnes of waste at the site by December 24. Approximately 900,000 tonnes of legacy material has been bio-mined, reports Hindustan Times.

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