Sultanpur Dabas village Landfill site, Delhi, India


The landfill sites in Delhi are already saturated with the garbage and there is a major shortage of municipal waste disposal sites.

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Basic Data
NameSultanpur Dabas village Landfill site, Delhi, India
SiteVillage-Sultanpur Dabas ; 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 CommoditiesDomestic municipal waste
Project Details and Actors
Project Area (in hectares)40
Type of PopulationUrban
Potential Affected Population500,000-1,000,000
Start Date2014
Company Names or State EnterprisesNorth Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) from India
South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) from India
Relevant government actorsGovernment of Delhi, Delhi Development Authority (DDA)
Environmental justice organisations and other supporters“Dehat Bachao-Khatta Hatao Sangharsh Samiti”.

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Indian National Congress (Political Party)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingLocal government/political parties
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationLawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Referendum other local consultations
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseStrengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Development of AlternativesIt is a point to be noted that the land fill sites should be located closer to the source from where it generates. If these sites are located close the transportation cost would be less [3].
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.It is observed that localities where poor and less privileged people lives are selected for the possible landfills. This is perhaps done because of less resistance from people.

Sources and Materials

Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules
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[1] DDA Releases Seven Sites For Solid Waste Management Facility
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[2] HC asks DDA to hand over landfill sites to MCD
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[3] Why will Delhi's poorer localities allow landfills to be situated in their proximity?
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[4] Protests held against proposed garbage dump
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Other Documents

Protests against the landfill site at Sultanpur Dabas in North-West Delhi. Source :
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ContributorSwapan Kumar Patra
Last update10/10/2014