Supreme Court Warns Delhi: 3,800+ Tonnes of Untreated Waste

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Ragpickers carry bags with usable items collected from a garbage dump at the Bhalswa landfill site in New Delhi. (Photo credit: Sajjad Hussain/AFP).

The Supreme Court (SC) of India on Monday (May 13) pulled up the Delhi government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) over the presence of 3,800 tonne of untreated solid waste in the national capital.

Highlighting non-compliance with the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, the apex court issued a notice to the MCD and suggested methods like curbs on construction activities to ensure that the present quantity of untreated municipal solid waste doesn’t increase in Delhi and its surrounding areas till the proper facilities for processing this waste are in place.

The court took note of the affidavit filed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, which indicated that the solid waste generated per day was more than the waste processing capacity in Gurugram, Faridabad and Greater Noida.

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