In a report it submitted to the National Green Tribunal, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) notified the tribunal that once a projected waste-to-energy plant in Narela with a 3000 Tons per day (TPD) capacity gets operational, fresh trash disposal at the Bhalswa landfill site will cease.
On October 14, 2022, the plant’s bids will be considered. The DPCC further states that the facility will make sure waste is delivered straight to it and that trommeling will start to reduce the height of the dump. The MCD has set a deadline for the landfill’s full flattening by December 2023.
The DPCC, which has responded on behalf of the Delhi government to a petition regarding landfill fires erupting in Delhi’s landfill sites, also claims that the number of CCTV cameras at the site has increased from 21 to 31, and that a special cabin room has been set up there to monitor and ensure that no landfill fire incidents occur.
The report claims that patrolling teams have been formed by the MCD to further monitor landfill fire events, and 30 Civil Defense Volunteers have also been hired to help with dumpsite surveillance. The report adds that “beat constables have also been sent by Delhi Police for making rounds of the dumpsite.”
Additionally, DPCC has told the NGT that a drone survey was conducted at the landfill site in June 2022, and the results showed that the landfill had a total area of 78.47 acres and a maximum height of 62 metres.
“An Integrated Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) facility at Bawana of capacity 2000 TPD and having Waste to Energy Plant, Compost Plant and Engineered Sanitary Landfill (SLF) is operational. The said facility includes a Waste to Energy (WtE) Plant at Bawana. A new WtE plant of 3000 TPD is proposed at Narela – Bawana for which bid opening is due on October 14, 2022 and as soon as this proposed WtE plant at Narela-Bawana starts to function, fresh MSW and APMC waste will be stopped from dumping at the Bhalswa landfill dumpsite,” According to the study, which was delivered to the NGT on October 10, 2022.