A couple of days ago, the sensational Hollywood actor “Leonardo DiCaprio” shared a post regarding India, about the Ghazipur garbage dump, which will soon be higher than the Taj Mahal.
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Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill site to rise higher than Taj Mahal:
A pile of trash in India towering hundreds of feet off the ground could grow as tall as the Taj Mahal by next year, becoming a fetid symbol for what the United Nations considers the world’s most polluted capital.
The Taj Mahal, the famous 240-foot-high tomb, is India’s best-known landmark. But now a different sort of tomb, New Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill — dubbed “rubbish mountain” — is projected to surpass that height next year, creating a very different mark on the land.
Hawks and other birds of prey hover around the towering Ghazipur landfill on the eastern fringe of New Delhi, stray cows, dogs, and rats wander at will over the huge expanse of smoking filth. Taking up the area of more than 40 football pitches, Ghazipur rises by nearly 10 meters a year with no end in sight to its foul-smelling growth. Every day it adds 2,000 tons of new trash. It’s emblematic of a world awash in trash, with our oceans saturated in plastic, and China now refusing to take U.S. recycled waste.
Ghazipur landfill height:
The Ghazipur landfill, to the east of the Indian capital of New Delhi, stands 65 meters (213 feet) high, East Delhi’s superintendent engineer Arun Kumar told AFP. If it continues expanding at the current rate of 10 meters per year, it would rise 73 meters off the ground by 2020, according to AFP. That would make it taller than India’s iconic ivory mausoleum in the city of Agra. And also Last year, India’s Supreme Court warned that red warning lights would soon need to be put on the dump to alert passing jets.
When was Ghazipur Landfill opened?
Ghazipur was opened in 1984 and reached its capacity in 2002 when it should have been closed. But the city’s detritus has kept on arriving each day in hundreds of trucks. And In 2018, a section of the hill collapsed in heavy rains killing two people. Dumping was banned after the deaths, but the measure lasted only a few days because authorities could not find an alternative. The dump is a health disaster area. A black toxic liquid leaches from it into a nearby canal. It emits methane gas, which fuels fires that take days to put out. Fires, sparked by methane gas coming from the dump, regularly break out and take days to extinguish.
Chitra Mukherjee, the head of the Chintan environment advocacy group, told the news agency: “It all needs to be stopped as the continuous dumping has severely polluted the air and groundwater.” Residents say the dump often makes breathing virtually impossible. And the protests do not work and now many people are leaving the district.
Ghazipur landfill site impact on nearby areas:
A recent study said the dump was a health risk for people living within five kilometers (three miles), including for cancer. Traffic clogged streets, heavy industry and annual burning of fields in regions around Delhi have already made the Indian capital notorious for its pollution. A government survey conducted between 2013 and 2017 reported that Delhi saw 981 deaths from acute respiratory infection while more than 1.7 million residents suffered from infections. And India’s garbage mountains will only get bigger in coming years.
Indian cities are among the world’s largest garbage producers, generating 62 million tonnes of waste annually. By 2030, that could rise to 165 million tonnes, according to government figures.
When PM Modi took power in 2014, he launched Operation Clean India under which tens of thousands of public toilets have been built and new waste management rules were introduced in 2016.
But watchdogs, including the Supreme Court, have repeatedly accused Delhi’s warring authorities — the region is controlled by one party while PM Modi’s BJP runs the city authorities — of not taking the waste crisis seriously.