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Identifying new waste dumping sites in Delhi urgent: CPCB

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Sep 2 (UNI) The Central Pollution Control Board has warned that all the three landfill sites for dumping of municipal solid waste(MSW) in the capital have exhausted their life span, and underlined the urgent need of identifying new sites.

About 6000 Metric Tonnes(MT) of the waste, out of the total 8000 MT generated in the city per day, is reaching the landfill sites of Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla daily.

The three receive 2100 Mt, 2700 Mt and 1200 MT waste per day respectively.

According to the CPCB annual report, it is estimated that 40 per cent of waste remains uncollected.

The Board, which has to regularly submit report to the court on municipal solid waste management of the capital, said all the areas are not served with house to house collection of waste and as a result of this garbage gets littered all over the places.

Despite all the talk about segregation of waste it is not prcaticeds. Still age-old practices like dhaloas are used for storage of waste which are posing serious problems and not acceptable in the present scenario.

Out of the 8000 MT per day waste generated, only 700 MT per day is processed for composting, and even the performance of the three composting plants is not satisfactory, it said.

The board called upon the authorities to give urgent attention to identifying new sites, otherwise waste dumping would cause serious damage to the city's environment.

The Board has been carrying out inspection of waste sites every four months on a Delhi High Court order since 1968 and submitting reports.

The agencies responsible for the management of solid waste in the capital are Municipal Corporation of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Cantonment Board, Railways, PWD and Police Colony.


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