The mountain of garbage and the fate of the people
Updated : November 14, 2018 03:45 PM IST
Commissioned in 1984, Ghazipur dump yard is New Delhi’s largest and oldest landfill site. Spread over an area of 70 acres in Ghazipur, the dump yard is managed by East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and was saturated in 2002.
Around 3,000 people directly and indirectly depend on this dump yard for their living. Most of the people that work here are from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Bangladesh.
The landfill borders the National Capital Region (NCR) city of Ghaziabad. Trucks loaded with trash come from New Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida and the neighbouring cities of Haryana.
With 20 meters higher than the stipulated landfill height, Ghazipur dump yard has polluted the ground water and the nearby air with plethora of diseases.
With recent low pressure and stub burning, Ghazipur landfill pollutants add on with an increase of air related diseases.