A beast in the city

Landfills are a simplistic solution to the mountains of garbage cities generate that needs be abandoned before they drown our cities

arun

Arun Kumar | June 14, 2018


#Garbage   #Ghazipur garbage dump   #Swachh Bharat  


It stands more than 50 metres high, belching noisome fumes, fomenting numerous methane fires, and attracting thousands of kites, an affront to any success the Swachh Bharat campaign may have achieved. The Ghazipur landfill, which absorbs about a third of the 10,000 tonnes of garbage Delhi generates daily, was in the news in September last year, when some 50 tonnes of garbage came hurtling down into the Kondli canal and the displaced water sent a few vehicles on a parallel road into a drain, leaving two people dead. Landfills are a simplistic solution to the mountains of garbage cities generate that needs be abandoned before they drown our cities.

 

ghazipur landfill

Daily 300-500 trucks dump fresh garbage at the landfill. They are moved into heaps by bulldozers on caterpillar tracks. Every time a fresh load is moved into place, gangs of rag-pickers rush in to forage for what might bring them a good day’s earnings.

ghazipur landfill

A haze of smoke fills the air, its source the spontaneous fires that break out when the methane build-up inside the garbage ignites in the heat. Sometimes there are mini-explosions. A few such explosions are believed to be responsible for the September 2017 accident.

ghazipur landfill

Unauthorised colonies have come up around the mounds of Ghazipur (right), where the poor live in squalour, forever under the shadow and threat of garbage tipping over and burying their homes. The stink and the unsanitary conditions are something they have perforce become used to.

ghazipur landfill

Rag-pickers scavenge hummocks of garbage for what might be recycled or sold for a few rupees. For them, it’s a mine from which to glean bottles, plastic scrap, the odd bits of metal. In the process, they expose themselves to all manner of disease, especially those affecting the skin and lungs.

ghazipur landfill

Comments

 

Other News

Expanding Eureka!

Abright yellow van with figures of children playing with a whirligig, a Newton’s cradle, a magnetic compass rolls into the Government Higher Primary School in Kittaganahalli, on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Students in the playground leave what they are doing and mill about it in excitement. For they

The spark in the classroom

Not many children dream of starting an idyllic school of their own when they grow up. But Ramji Raghavan, founder of the Agastya International Foundation – which fosters the creative learning of science in stude

Trafficking survivors’ votes don’t count

While the entire nation is agog with political grapevine, political parties are weighing on all options to lure voters by touching upon issues that impact their lives. Several parties, including the BJP and the Congress have released their manifestos while many are about to join the bandwagon. The

“I have a bigger reason and motivation to join politics”

Urmila Matondkar joined the Congress party and within just two months into politics, the actor is already surrounded by controversies – from being accused of making anti-Hindu comments to inappropriate poll campaigning. Fielded against BJP’s Gopal Shetty in the Mumbai North constituency, Ma

Campaign trail with BJP’s Manoj Kotak

Dressed in white shirt and pants, three time Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) corporator Manoj Kotak is now contesting from Mumbai north-east constituency. Kotak, representing BJP in the BMC, is ready to rally around Ward 125 in Ghatkopar east area. It’s about 7:30 pm on a hot April e

Modi is now the topic of a PhD thesis

Sunil Bhatt, a Gujarat-based professional, has completed what is possibly the first PhD thesis on prime minister Narendra Modi. The thesis, titled ‘Leadership, Governance and Development: A case study of Shri Narendra Modi’, has been accepted at the Veer Narmad South Gujarat Universit



Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter