Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Saturday ordered the closure of Ghazipur and Bhalswa landfills after an incident at Ghazipur landfill which claimed two lives after a heap of garbage came crashing down. The reason behind it is to ensure that no further tragedy happens there as well as to ensure more trash is not dumped there. But the question remains, where will the city dump its 6,500 tonnes of garbage which is produced on a daily basis by North and East Delhi alone. The question remains unanswered. Since the collapse of the landfill which killed two and injured five others, here are the top development surrounding the Ghazipur, Bhalswa landfills:
1.After a car, scooter and two motorcycles were swept into a canal by the momentum of the hurtling garbage and slush, the government has decided to put an end to the dumping of garbage in these landfills in a meeting held by Lt Governor Anil Baijal.
2. Garbage dumping at the Ghazipur site has been decided to be banned with immediate effect and the landfill site is likely to be cleared within two years, it said. Baijal also directed that traffic to be diverted on the road adjoining the landfill, for proper vehicular movement.
3. Arvind Kejriwal following Anil Baijal’s statement said that the order of closure has been extended to Bhalswa landfill. The development was later confirmed by MCD Mayor Preety Agarwal.
4. After Anil Baijal imposed a ban on dumping waste, the garbage meant for the landfill will now be diverted to a temporary site in Ranikhera near the Delhi-Haryana border.
5. Earlier, a decision was taken to divert the garbage to Bhalswa landfill site (about 50-metre high), but as it is already used way beyond its saturation, a new site was identified, according to an official.