Delhi Lieutenant Governor, Anil Baijal, on Saturday announced banning of garbage dumping in Ghazipur has been with immediate effect. His order came a day after a portion of the waste dump, estimated to be as high as a 15-storey building, collapsed, killing two persons.
A statement from his office said, “National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) assured the LG that it will begin the process of lifting, segregating and processing of the solid waste by November 2017, for its use in road construction.”
The landfill site is managed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), a civic body run by the BJP.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday had slammed the BJP-run civic body after the collapse of a portion of a mountainous garbage dump in Ghazipur killed two people.
Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal termed the administrative lapse as criminal calling it a man made disaster.
He wrote, “Visited Ghazipur site. Its man made disaster. Criminal. Mountains of garbage. Why doesn’t MCD use modern technology to manage solid waste?”
The accident took place a day after torrential rain — the heaviest in three years — lashed Delhi. A section of the pile in a landfill slumped over a car and three two-wheelers, pushing the vehicles off the road and into a canal, they said. Five people were rescued from the Kondli canal, the officials added.
Kejriwal visited the site with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. He said that the Delhi Pollution Control Committee had served notices to the municipal corporation about the disposal of garbage and the height of the landfill.