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LG, Shri V.K. Saxena visits all three landfill sites in Delhi to review the progress of legacy waste disposal

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

  • LG, Shri V.K. Saxena visits all three landfill sites in Delhi to review the progress of legacy waste disposal
  • In last three months, 12.50 lakh tonnes of legacy waste has been disposed
  • Height of the garbage mounds at Ghazipur, Okhla and Bhalswa  down by 15 mtrs in just 07 months
  • With participation of people, Central Government agencies and Industries, pace of monthly garbage disposal to be fast-tracked
  • LG reiterates his commitment to flatten the garbage mounds in time

Following the constitution of the High Level Committee (HLC) by Hon’ble National Green Tribunal on 16.02.2023, for management of Municipal Solid Waste in the Capital, the Lt. Governor, Shri VK Saxena today visited all the three Land Fill Sites at Ghazipur, Okhla and Bhalswa and took stock of the progress of the on-going waste remediation and disposal works that were initiated after his last visit to all the three landfill sites situated at Ghazipur, Okhla and Bhalswa on 23.03.2023.

The Lt. Governor expressed satisfaction over the unprecedented pace that bio-remediation and disposal of Solid Waste from the three dumping sites had picked up since his first visit, immediately after he took over on 29.05.2022.  While average remediation / disposal which stood at 1.41 Lakh MT / month in May, 2022, it rose upto 6 Lakh MT / month by October 2022, and ever since the new concessionaires had been engaged in November, 2022, the pace had further picked up.  As of now, the numbers being achieved will ensure remediation at 30,000 MT / day and 9 Lakh MT / month, very soon. 

Continuous personal monitoring and frequent site visits to assess the progress of works at the 03 landfill sites resulted in the work of flattening these garbage mounds gaining unprecedented momentum through expeditious disposal of legacy waste, adopting various traditional and innovative means for it. ShriSaxena was accompanied by Chief Secretary of Delhi, Commissioner MCD and senior officials of MCD during the inspection. The LG also visited the BhalswaLake during his inspection tour.

It may be noted that Hon’ble National Green Tribunal vide order dated 16.02.2023 in OA. No. 606/2018 in the matter of "Compliance of Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and other Environmental Issues" has constituted Solid Waste Monitoring Committee (SWMC) headed by Lt. Governor, Delhi, on the lines of the similar HLC for the rejuvenation of Yamuna.

Working in this direction, series of meeting were held and an Action Plan for Solid Waste Management in Delhi has been prepared and an order dated 06.04.2023 has also been issued by Chief Secretary, Delhi.

Officials of MCD apprised ShriSaxena about the efforts put in by MCD in processing legacy waste at three dumpsites. When ShriSaxena took over as LG, the total legacy waste at the three dumpsites was 229.1 Lakh MT in June, 2022, which now stands at 154.9 MT, down by 74.2 Lakh MT (32.38%) within an year.MCD has set the target for May 2024 for bio-remediation of all the legacy waste lying at the three landfill sites.

The Lt. Governor has been monitoring the work of bio-remediation at the three landfill sites.At Bhalswa landfill site, bio-remediation of legacy waste in the quarter between February, 2023 to May, 2023 was 111% against the set target while that at Okhla and Bhalswa stood at 88% and 34% respectively during the said period.  The Lt. Governor issued instructions for the targets to be met expeditiously and was informed that the same will be achieved for Okhla by the end of June, 2023 and for Ghazipur within the next 03 months. 

With the intervention of the Lt. Governor, during the last quarter, NHAI lifted inert waste for its project at KaralaMajri, Burari, Kundli, Holambi, NHAI also lifted inert waste for NTPC Eco park and  inert for NHAI Faridabad Mithapur; while of C&D waste had been sent to its site at Khampur, Keshav Nagar Burari. An innovative step of involving the Corporate Sector to utilize the legacy RDF waste at the landfill sites, had resulted in disposal of RDF by JK Cements Limited Chhitorgarh, UltratechCement and paper mills in Western Uttar Pradesh.

At present, 80Trommeling Machines with enhanced capacity are segregating waste at the 03 landfill sites in Delhi, up from 12 in June 2022 and 05 additional machines were expected to be added by 30 June, 2023.At the Okhla site, a first of its kind Trommeling Machine that converts 1500 MT per day of C&D Waste into inert, has also been installed.  For the purpose of Real Time Monitoring of bio-remediation of waste and its disposal, Control and Command Centres have been set up at the landfill sites and transportation trucks have been fitted with GPS mechanisms.

The Lt. Governor ordered for daily monitoring of bio-remediation process at all the three landfill sites.


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