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The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) plans to install a new surveillance system at the Ghazipur landfill in east Delhi to reduce fires and detect them early. Additional CCTV cameras will be placed at vulnerable locations and methane generation hot spots where fires break out frequently.
Private vendors have been invited to submit bids to install and operate the camera surveillance system. The system’s live feed will be made available to sanitation department officials, reports Hindustan Times.
There are currently 17 CCTV cameras installed across 70 acres of landfill, and the municipality plans to install another 20 CCTV cameras, including night vision, all-weather cameras, in critical areas of the landfill.
Cameras will be installed at new waste dumping points, trommels (which separate waste), machinery, weighbridge, goat market, canal side, slaughterhouse, waste to energy plant periphery, and Ghazipur dairy side. The cameras will be installed on 30m high poles by the corporation. The monitoring office will be located in the engineering room at the dump.
On July 31, a report on fires at the landfill highlighted the problems associated with one of India’s oldest and largest landfills