Identification of possible sanitary landfill sites to deal with the problem of waste in the national capital is underway.
The tentative list of five sites offered to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation includes a 450-acre plot in Bhati Mines, 60 acres near Okhla SLF, 30 acres in Tajpur Jaitpur Pahari, 150 acres in Ghitorni and 100 acres in Mandi village. The civic body will have to share the landfill sites with the East Delhi Municipal Corporation. The reference to "60 acres near Okhla SLF" is quite strange because there is no SLF (Sanitary LandFill) over there.
For North Delhi Municipal Corporation there is a proposal for a100-acre plot in Sultanpur Dabas, 150 acres in Pooth Khurd, 27.5 acres near Hamidpur village behind APMC compost plant, 42.5 acres near Palla village on Bakhtawar Pur Road and 62.5 acres between Palla village and Haryana border.
East Delhi Municipal Corporation is using Ghazipur landfill site although admittedly it reached its saturation level long back.
The core question is why will Delhi's poorer localities allow landfills to be situated in their proximity. Waste has followed the path of resistance because of the weaknesses of these localities for long, it is high time landfills are located in richer localities. In any case the cardinal principle of waste management stipulates that waste should be managed nearer to the source of its generation. This way transportation cost gets reduced quite considerably.
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