India's rising mountains of trash
NEW DELHI: At a time when the government is pushing the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the fire at Delhi's largest landfill site only highlights the magnitude of India's garbage problem. Bhalswa -- the landfill that caught fire -- had crossed the permissible height by at least 30 meters as per the norms laid by environment ministry.
In the last two decades, Indian cities have seen a rising tide of waste that's disposed of in open dumps. Such landfills, often on fire, are only aggravating the pollution problem, contaminating both air and groundwater.
For example, Bengaluru produced 200 tonnes of garbage a day in 2000, and fifteen years later, the quantity rose to 3,700 tonnes, which is a 1,750 per cent increase.
Delhi has also witnessed an unprecedented growth in garbage produced daily, going from 400 tonnes a day in 2000 to 8,700 tonnes a day in 2015 -- a rise of 2,075 per cent.
Here is TOI's analysis of Central Pollution Control Board's data on garbage produced in major Indian cities.
Satkaindian -1 day ago
India is choking in all possible ways. Drainage systems were laid down in British era and no upgrades since then. With every rain cities get flooded. Waste management simply not exists. India has to learn from China how it is done in the megacities there.
Surjit Lamba-New Delhi-1 day ago
This is a clear proof of apathy by Government and Public to such a serious issue.
Akshay Pahuja-1 day ago
Need one very good waste managmenr policy