‘Abandoned mines cannot be used for dumping waste’

Panel declines plea by civic bodies seeking direction to allow use of Bhati Mines for dumping garbage

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has declined a plea moved by the three civic bodies seeking direction to allow the use of Bhatti Mines for dumping of garbage.

A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel observed that abandoned mines need to be closed and cannot be allowed to be used for dumping of any material.

“We are unable to understand how this tribunal can direct any place to be made available to the applicant. Neither the applicant has shown any legal right to such place nor any obligation of owner of such place to do so. The application is wholly misplaced and is dismissed,” the Bench said.

The observations came when the green panel was hearing a plea moved by the North, East and South Delhi municipal corporation seeking permission to dump the “inert” waste that is extracted from bio-mining of the Bhalswa, Okhla and Ghazipur landfill sites in the mines of Asola Bhatti Sanctuary.

In July this year, the tribunal had directed remediation of the legacy waste dumpsites in the city in a bid to protect the environment and in the interest of public health.

Earlier, the State government and the civic bodies were directed to deposit an amount of ₹250 crore in an escrow account to facilitate the waste removal from the landfill sites. The NGT had directed the civic bodies to start the process from October 1.

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