New landfill site on the anvil; expected to reduce burden on Ghazipur
Residents facing problems due to the Ghazipur landfill site is not a new story. They have been forced to live with nightmarish contaminated air for so long now. However, they can have a sigh of relief as the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has allocated a 42.5-acre plot for a new landfill site at Ghonda Gurjan in northeast Delhi.
When the new landfill site will become operational, it is expected to reduce the load on the Ghazipur landfill site. With that, people living in the vicinity of Ghazipur landfill site will definitely get much needed relief.
Ghazipur landfill site was overburdened and it was proved when it fell down on the adjacent road causing damages to people who were passing by at that moment. People also frequently share their ordeal which they go through while living close to it. The toxicity in air is almost unbearable. People, who pass through the roads, have no other option but to bear the stink emanating from it.
The areas such as Mayur Vihar, IP Extension, Noida sectors 1 to 8, Kaushambi and Indirapuram are affected because of the Ghazipur landfill site. It has become so huge that it can be spotted from a faraway distance.
Amidst all this, the clearing of decks for the new landfill site has come as a big respite. As far as the current status of the new landfill site is concerned, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) had already cleared the site as “suitable for waste management use” after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered a check.
Pradeep Khandelwal, EDMC chief engineer, said, “This comes as a big relief after a long legal battle. The new landfill site will be an integrated waste management facility which will also have a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant, a biomethanation plant and a C&D debris processing facility.”
“This will not just be an open garbage dumping ground. It will be developed on the lines of the north municipal corporation’s Narela-Bawana engineered landfill site. Unlike the Ghazipur landfill site, the trash will not be visible. It will also be a stench free landfill site,” he added.
He said that when the DDA will pass on the possession to EDMC, tenders will be floated for the development of the infrastructure for the landfill site. “As per our estimates, it will be fully functional in two years,” Khandelwal said.