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Landfill Site at Maidan Garhi, New Delhi, India


New Delhi, the capital city of India, has major shortage of municipal waste disposal facilities. The Delhi High Court intervened and instructed South Delhi Municipal Corporation to acquire new landfill sites in 2014 [1]. The high court, concerned by the pollution caused by the existing landfill sites, in its hearings pushed different municipal agencies to coordinate and find other sites [2]. In May 2014, Delhi Development Authority-DDA has released a list of seven new sites in the areas like Dwarka, Maidangarhi and Rohini [1].

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Landfill Site at Maidan Garhi, New Delhi, India
State or province:Delhi
Location of conflict:Maidan Garhi, New Delhi
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Waste Management
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Landfills, toxic waste treatment, uncontrolled dump sites
Specific commodities:Land
Domestic municipal waste
Industrial waste
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Presently Delhi produces about 9,000 metric tons of waste every day. It is estimated that in the next seven years the city will produce about 18,000 metric tons of waste per day.

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Project area:3.23749
Type of populationUrban
Affected Population:1,000,000
Start of the conflict:2014
Company names or state enterprises:Delhi Development Authority (DDA) from India - Land owner
South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) from India
North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) from India
The Municipal Corporation Of Delhi (MCD) from India - Executing agency
Relevant government actors:Delhi Government
Delhi High Court
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee
Local residents
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Local government/political parties
Social movements
Forms of mobilization:Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Other Health impactsHealth issues related to polluted water and soil.
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Displacement, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The already established three landfill sites (about 164 acre) are inadequate. The existing ones at Ghazipur, Okhla and Bhalaswa are already overflowing with garbage. In spite of this, different municipal agencies are using the existing landfills even after the Delhi Pollution Control Committee banned dumping of garbage there. Presently with its full capacity Delhi requires about four times of this area (about 650 acres). Hence, the city is in urgent need of few alternative landfill sites. [4].
Looking at this acute shortage of space, the Delhi High Court asked Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to hand over four alternate sites. Four such sites are identified in Dwarka and Maidangarhi. However, the Maidangarhi sites provided by the DDA are found to be the forest land [2]. The authorities have yet establish alternative landfill site despite strictures from courts [4].
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 1999
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[1] DDA Releases Seven Sites For Solid Waste Management Facility
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[4] Congress to protest proposal to establish landfill site at Maidan Garhi village
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[5] Maidan Garhi residents to launch stir against landfill site
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[2] Question mark over two landfill sites, search continues
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[3] Congress to protest landfill near Ignou
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[6] Minutes of 7th Technical committee Meeting dated 21.5.2014
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Other documents

Maidan Garhi landfill in Delhi Source:
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Contributor:Swapan Kumar Patra
Last update10/10/2014
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