After HC rap for ‘ping-pong’,depts unite to identify 5 landfills

The Bhalswa landfill is full and is being developed on the pattern of Indraprastha Park — by planting fruit-bearing trees.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published:May 28, 2013 1:12 am

Following a Delhi High Court order that told the Delhi government to find sanitary landfill (SLF) sites without delay,a high-level meeting of all the agencies concerned and officials from Delhi government’s Urban Development department was convened.

Five SLF sites have been shortlisted for dumping of the city’s waste. These are near the Okhla SLF site (60 acres),near Bhati mine (450 acres),Tajpur near Jaitpur (30 acres),Mandi village (100 acres) and Ghitorni village (150 acres).

Senior officials from Delhi Development Authority,three corporations,Director of Local Bodies,Delhi government and UD department were present during the meeting.

According to senior officials who attended the meeting,all departments have been told to sort out issues that will come up during the process necessary to finalise the SLF site.

“Departments of Forest and Environment have been asked to sort out the issues of environmental clearance if required. DDA has been asked to change the land use,and land owning agencies of these five sites have been asked to prepare and put up a proposal for land use change,” the official said.

A follow-up meeting of all the officials has been called. “The officials have been asked to come up with proposals that required clearances and these will be cleared there and then if possible. As the government has to submit its reply in High Court on July 5,officials do not want there to be differences of opinion of various agencies on these sites when case comes up for hearing,” another senior official said.

The High Court warned the Delhi government to cease inter-governmental “ping-pong” and work out on how to identify sites where Capital’s solid waste can be dumped.

Justice G S Sistani was hearing a 13-year-old case as why the Delhi Development Authority has been unable to provide the civic agencies an anticipated 600 acres of land required for the Capital’s waste management needs.

The Bhalswa SLF is full and is being developed on the pattern of Indraprastha Park — by planting fruit-bearing trees.

Sites that have been closed are in Gopalpur (now under DDA’s Horticulture department),Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar and Haiderpur (Both under corporation’s Horticulture department),Mukarba Chowk (under PWD) and Rohini Phase III (under DDA). Trees have been planted in all these sites.

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