New Delhi, Nov 11: Fire broke out at Bhalswa landfill site in New Delhi during wee hours on Saturday. The 40 acre-wide trash mountain receives about 2,700 tonnes of garbage per day. It is clearly visible from the arterial GT Karnal Road.
Bhalswa in northwest Delhi is the largest landfill of the national capital. It caters to approximately 50 per cent population of Delhi, including Jahangirpuri, Civil Lines, Kirti Nagar, Model Town and even old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk.
The dump expired its shelf life in 2006, but is in use still. It has caught fire in 2016 during summer and remained up in flames for weeks before the situation was brought under control. Reports say that the residents near the Bhalswa landfill site have started a “Khatta Hatao aur Jeevan Bachao Andolan” seeking a complete ban on garbage dumping.
Earlier in September this year, two people died in East Delhi after a large part of the Ghazipur landfill collapsed, sweeping several people on a road nearby into a canal. The Ghazipur landfill is among four dumpsites in the national capital.