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Come clean on landfill sites,High Court tells DDA

With three municipal waste landfill sites in Delhi filling up to the brim,there seems to be no end in sight for the crisis faced by the city.

With three municipal waste landfill sites in Delhi filling up to the brim,there seems to be no end in sight for the crisis faced by the city.

Miffed over the delay in sorting out the issue,the High Court on Friday ordered the DDA to file an affidavit by the next date,clearly stating at what locations it would make land available for disposing solid waste generated by the city.

Stating that Delhi produces 9,200 tonnes of waste everyday,and is expected to go up to 19,100 tonnes by 2024,the MCD demanded that 1,500 acres of land be made available to cater to the next 20 years. At present,it has only 150 acres of land at its disposal.

On Friday,the court further expressed disappointment over the government dilly-dallying over the issue. Asked to inform the court about the availability of the three new sites,which the Delhi government has identified in consultation with the MCD,the DDA told the court on Friday that it was not in possession of the sites.

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The MCD will have to enter into formal talks with the Delhi government and the Land Acquisition department if they want the DDA to acquire these sites. Moreover,one of the three spots — located on the GT Karnal Road near Hamirpur village in Narela zone — was a green area and could not be allocated as a landfill site.

Nudged by the court,the Delhi government and the MCD had earlier identified three sites (on GT Karnal Road, Main Bakhtawarpur Road near Palla village,and another site on the Delhi-Haryana border). A request was then made to the DDA,asking it to hand over the sites to the MCD.

While the MCD counsel pointed that it was purely for the DDA to inform the court where and how much land it could provide to them,Standing Counsel for the government Najmi Waziri highlighted that a waste-to-energy plant was coming up in Sukhdev Vihar,Okhla,with a capacity to utilise at least 80 per cent of the city’s total waste.

To this,senior advocate Raj Panjwani told Justice Kohli that if the proposed plant was actually coming up,why was the MCD demanding 1,500 acres of land,and the government had chosen not to object to it.

He said the issue seemed to be lingering on due to buck-passing between the authorities.

Seeking a affidavit on all these aspects from the DDA,the court adjourned the matter to February next year.