Ghaziabad Picks 2 New Landfill Sites
To collect civic waste and put it to use, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has identified two land parcels to set up landfill sites. The sites – at Galand and Mohammadpur Amad Baghpat in Modinagar – will be equipped with a waste-to-energy plant each. This will help generate power for the city that collects about 1,200 tonne of solid waste every day. For this, the authorities have also hired a private firm to submit a detailed project report (DPR).
Earlier, the city had no designated landfill site and the waste was all dumped in a land parcel at Pratap Vihar. Since the site stood close to the River Hindon, the waste was spilling over and entered the water body. The Pratap Vihar land parcel has been serving as a landfill site for over a decade now.
The Galand site is spread in an area of 35 acres will accumulate the solid waste generated in localities that fall under the GDA’s administration, and four zones under the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC), including Pratap Vihar, Kavinagar and Vasundhara zones.
Spread in an area of 21 acres, the Mohammadpur Amad Bhaghpat site will collect the civic waste of the localities, including Muradnagar, Modinagar and Mohan Nagar.
It was earlier in February that environmentalists had filed a complaint with the Uttar Pradesh’s grievance cell regarding large amount of plastic and waste being dumped along the River Hindon at Pratap Vihar area and the Raj Nagar Extension Area. According to various environmentalists, the size of the river is shrinking due to the dumping of waste.
This has also had an impact on the residents around these areas. The decomposing waste contaminates the environment, making it unbearable for the residents. Moreover, the toxic smoke that comes from the waste catching fire has contaminated the air that the residents breathe.