The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday (April 17) directed East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) commissioner and Delhi’s police commissioner to present themselves with the reports on the Ghazipur landfill site before the next date of hearing after knowing that the reports which were directed to file on the previous date of hearing were not filed.
The bench headed by Acting Chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim was hearing a plea related to recent incident of fire at the Ghazipur landfill site and subsequently seeking proper maintenance of the site.
The next date of hearing is April 23, 2018.
In September 2017, a small portion of Ghazipur site had tumbled on the road and into the Kondi canal that runs parallel killing two persons.
2016 solid waste management rules mandate that a landfill site must not surpass 20 meters in height and must not be older than 22-25 years. But Ghazipur site is still operational since 1984. It was supposed to be shut in 2008.
—India Legal Bureau