Delhi: 24 hours on, Ghazipur landfill fire yet to be brought under control


On Tuesday morning, the fire department informed that tenders were pressed into action since yesterday but the flames are yet to be brought under control and the Delhi Police filed a case under several sections against unknown persons.

Fire continues to rage at the Ghazipur landfill site even after 24 hours since the incident was reported

New Delhi: Even after 24 hours since a major fire broke out at the Ghazipur dumpyard in East Delhi, the flames are yet to be brought under control on Tuesday. Meanwhile, residents living around the dumpyard complained of breathing troubles amid a thick blanket of smoke that is engulfing the entire area since Monday afternoon.

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The fire department had said that they received a call around 2:30 pm about the fire. Meanwhile, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai had asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to submit a report on the incident in 24 hours. Officials also informed that there were no casualties reported in the case.

On Tuesday morning, the fire department informed that tenders were pressed into action since yesterday but the flames are yet to be brought under control and the Delhi Police filed a case under several sections against unknown persons.

This is not the first time fire has caught in the garbage pile-ups. In March 2021, when a fire had broken out at the mounds of garbage, people living around the site were in a similar fix like today. While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) blames the BJP government’s role in delaying the MCD polls in Delhi as a major reason behind the deepening crisis, it is important to note that back in 2017, a portion of a garbage pile had collapsed killing two people.

While the Ghazipur landfill site was commissioned by the Delhi government in 1984, it’s capacity had crossed way back in 2002 but no government has done anything till date to resolve the issue, which is a constant concern not only as a health hazard but also as an environmental crisis.

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