EDMC passes resolution against two landfills on Yamuna river zone

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EDMC passes resolution against two landfills on Yamuna river zone

The two controversial proposed landfills on Yamuna river zone in Shahdara area, east Delhi, might not take off with the concerned municipal authority itself now assuming a stance against it.

The two controversial proposed landfills on Yamuna river zone in Shahdara area, east Delhi, might not take off with the concerned municipal authority itself now assuming a stance against it.

The political wing of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) passed a resolution against it in its house meeting on Monday.

The area councillor, Satyapal Singh from Karawal Nagar (West), raised the issue in the House and it was passed unanimously with support from opposition AAP MLAs as well.

Singh from BJP said, The 130-acre plot at Sonia Vihar and a 50-acre plot at Ghonda Gujran proposed by our bureaucrats as a landfill has created huge unrest among the public. It is not just lying on Zone O of the river floodplain and susceptible to flooding, but has a dense population in the form of villages and slums.

His proposal was supported by others too. The issue is already being contested in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) with rebel AAP minister Kapil Mishra and the Delhi government opposing Central Pollution Control Boards (CPCB) environmental permit to EDMC to go ahead with dumping garbage at the sites.

Other councillors concurred that while the sites are not exactly on the Yamuna but the groundwater table here is high and the garbage leachate will contaminate it irreversibly. It will be a huge environmental disaster, said one AAP MLA.

A respected activist of NGO, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan, Manoj Mishra, has also repeatedly written to authorities emphasising that the plan is against NGTs Maily Se Nirmal Yamuna plan as well whereby no construction/activity can take place on Yamuna river zone.

It will also affect the lives of 25 lakh people residing in the nearby area as landfills cause water and air-borne diseases, that will happen even more quickly here with the presence of a river nearby.