DDA Identifies 7.5-Acre Silt Dumping Site In Narela
The clearing of silt from Delhi’s drains has become a mission for the Public Works Department (PWD), ahead of rains. The department, early in April, had launched a two-month exercise to desilt the city's drains. However, clearing of sewers often leads to the dump being left on the roads and run into the drains again especially when it rains.
To ensure that this time it doesn’t choke the city’s drains, now a silt dumping site has been identified. The site, a 7.5-acre land in Narela, has been identified by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
Major drains maintained by the PWD and Delhi’s Irrigation and Flood Control Department hold eight lakh tonne of silt every year. This number also includes silt collected from drains on roads narrower than 60 foot.
According to an official at the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the silt collected is taken to dumping sites which are already running over capacity.
To overcome this issue, the dumping site has been identified that will be managed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC). Lying in the north Delhi area, the EDMC, the NDMC, the PWD and the DDA will be allowed to dump waste at this site.
Earlier, the DDA had allocated a silt dumping site in Geeta Colony, but recently, the EDMC stopped dumping silt here owing to protest from the residents and the matter was taken to the court.