Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding disposal of legacy waste dumped at Bhalswa, Ghazipur and Okhla dumpsites, Delhi, 17/07/2019

  • 17/07/2019

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of News item published in "The Times of India" Authored by Jasjeev Gandhiok & Paras Singh Titled "Below mountains of trash lie poison lakes" with Centre for Wildlife and Environment Litigation Versus Union of India & Others dated 17/07/2019 regarding disposal of ‘legacy’ waste dumped at Bhalswa, Ghazipur and Okhla dumpsites in Delhi where huge garbage has accumulated over the period of time adversely impacting public health and environment, which requires expeditious scientific and environmentally safe disposal as per applicable rules.

NGT approves the model followed by the Indore Municipal Corporation for biomining/bio-remediation and the noted that the Indore model is in consonance with the Solid Waste Management Rules as well as the CPCB Guideline on Legacy Waste. Both ex-situ and in-situ bio-mining options can be exercised according to Indore Municipal Corporation, which is not only environmentally safe but cost effective. The Order further said that "for protection of environment and public health, other such legacy waste dumpsites in the country are dealt with on the same pattern." Chief Secretary, Delhi has to furnish an interim report of the steps taken in three months. The CPCB has to also file its action taken report and the Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) would file compliance report with regard to direction on Swachh Survekshan. taking cognizance of and reflecting the compliance of SWM Rules.