NEW DELHI: Another fire broke out at the Ghazipur landfill on Saturday night, nearly two weeks after a massive blaze at the site took nearly 48 hours of firefighting operations.
While the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has ruled out any foul play, it has now planned to build boundary walls on the outskirts to control illegal entries from all sides. “The last fire was brought under control within 2-3 hours,” an official said. He added, however, that unless an alternative site for rubbish disposal was provided, nothing could be done to prevent such incidents.
Meanwhile, to accelerate the pace of bioremediation, the three companies will hold a meeting with the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs on Monday. “We are working under extremely pressing circumstances and unless some support is given it would be really difficult to cope. Unlike the other two civic bodies, we (EDMC) do not have an alternate site to divert fresh waste. The waste-to-energy unit is not operational for six months. For this reason, even the 1,600 tonnes of waste consumed by the WTE before is now being diverted to Ghazipur. The contractor gave a new deadline of May 10 to make it operational,” the official said.
An official said plans to create an alternative landfill at Gonda Gujran had not come to fruition. “We proposed 3-4 additional sites, but to no avail. Installing excavation and biomining machines at steep heights is a difficult task. We are trying to increase the number of trommels from 8 to 12. Each of them can process 900 to 1,000 tons of waste per day,” he said.