A special cell will also be put in place in the LG secretariat to monitor the work on a weekly basis.
New Delhi: Newly appointed Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, VK Saxena while making a visit of Ghazipur landfill site on Sunday issued categorical instructions to officers to submit a plan of action within the next three days for complete razing of all three garbage mountains situated at Ghazipur, Bhalaswa and Okhla. LG instructed that a dedicated team of officers be constituted to draw out the plan of action mentioning a fixed date of completion.
He suggested adopting the reverse engineering model so as to ensure that the deadlines are met and goals achieved. The action plan to be submitted by MCD will be monitored on a regular basis by the LG himself and if required, he would visit the site to see actual progress at regular intervals.
As per the report, a special cell will also be put in place in the LG secretariat to monitor the work on a weekly basis. The LG along with senior officials went right up to the top of the garbage mound and spent more than two hours heat inspecting various activities and the surroundings so as to get a first-hand feel of the intensity and magnitude of the problem at hand.
Spread over 70 acres, the Ghazipur landfill site has legacy waste amounting to 140 lakh metric tonnes and the East Delhi areas that it caters generates 2,600 metric tonnes of waste on a daily basis. Similarly, the sites at Bhalaswa in North Delhi and Okhla in South Delhi contain legacy waste mounds amounting to 80 and 50 lakh metric tonnes respectively. The solid waste at these sites are of three categories – refuse derived fuel (RDF), construction & demolition (C&D) and inert waste. While the RDF waste is being used to generate power from ‘Waste-to-Energy’ Plants set up for this purpose, a small quantity of inert waste is being taken by NHAI for its road construction activities, the processed C&D waste can be used for construction and filling activities.
Reviewing the ongoing work of bio-remediation at the site that also involves segregation of waste and off take of recycled garbage, the LG directed that the Ghazipur ‘waste-to-energy’ plant be operationalized at the earliest so that the amount of fresh waste being added to the site is reduced. He directed officials to explore the possibility of this being used by other States as is being done by the NHAI. Being informed that off take of recycled C&D waste was an issue of concern, Saxena suggested that the possibility of making it available to the general people, builders and construction firms in NCR region be explored.