Ghazipur-The Great Mountain Of Garbage

Nitya Malani
Jul 27, 2019   •  8 views

Planning to visit mountains? You can enjoy it right here in Capital, produced by us in collaboration with government which is even set to surpass the height of Qutub Minar soon.

Ghazipur-The largest and oldest garbage dump was opened in 1984 and reached it’s capacity in 2002 when it should have been closed. But the rate of dumping garbage kept on increasing and thanks to hundreds of trucks arriving each day and contributing to the cause.

The garbage dump, spread across 29 acres has been adversely impacting the lives of residents living besides it. It has also reached 60 metres last year which means that it is just 8 metres shorter than the iconic Qutub Minar.

This 'garbage mountain' has taken up the areas of around 40 football pitches, and it rises nearly 10 metres a year with no end to it’s foul smelling growth.

This might blow your mind that in 2018, a section of the hill collapsed due to excessive rains and killed 2 people. Even dumping was banned for days, but no strict actions were taken because Authorities were unable to find an alternative.

The only way out is to stop continuous dumping right now, though it has already polluted the air and ground water.

Residents share that dump often makes breathing virtually impossible and is a health risk for thousands of people causing respiratory and stomach ailments by polluted air.

Traffic clogged streets, burning fuels, and annual burning of fields has already made Pollution a plague that is undeniable.

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.

And According to a report in India Today, Delhi produces 10,000 tonnes of garbage every day. It has gone up significantly from 8,500 tonnes in 2013.

Also, according to the reports, by 2020 Ghazipur landfill will be taller than the our white marble beauty, Taj Mahal which is around 73 metres.

It’s not like the authorities aren’t working buttheworry remains constant as the plans and measures are existing but their implementation problems are not helping the city.

So, the authorities and communitiesshould come together on a concrete solution unless the only mountains we are left with is of garbage.