Ghazipur Landfill Fire Continues, Services Claim Gas Produced as the Cause

A massive fire at the Ghazipur landfill in Delhi sparks a political blame game between AAP and BJP over waste management, as nearby residents suffer from smoke-related health issues.

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Ayesha Mumtaz
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Ghazipur Landfill Fire Continues, Sparking Political Blame Game in Delhi

Ghazipur Landfill Fire Continues, Sparking Political Blame Game in Delhi

A massive fire broke out at the Ghazipur landfill site in East Delhi on Sunday evening, causing thick plumes of smoke and health issues for nearby residents. The Delhi Fire Services responded with 14 fire tenders to douse the flames, which may take time to control as fires in landfills can burn for a long period. The fire was attributed to gas produced in the dumping ground, according to fire service officials.

Residents living near the landfill have complained about throat and breathing irritation due to the smoke caused by the fire. "There is a lot of smoke. My eyes are burning and I am facing breathing issues," said Shashi, a resident of Kaushambi. This is not the first time residents have faced such problems, with issues like diabetes, blood pressure, and thyroid also affecting them since the 1990s.

Why this matters: The Ghazipur landfill fire highlights the ongoing challenges in managing Delhi's waste disposal and the need for effective solutions. It also underscores the political tensions between the AAP and BJP over the governance of the national capital.

The incident has sparked a political blame game between the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva accused the AAP government of corruption and mismanagement, claiming they had promised to remove the landfill by 2023 but failed to do so. Sachdeva asserted that the BJP government would remove all three landfills in Delhi within a year if they win elections.

The Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Sardar Raja Iqbal Singh, also criticized the AAP, alleging that the fire was a result of corruption and neglect. Singh stated that the number of working machines at the landfill has reduced while the garbage has increased.

The Ghazipur landfill fire continues to cause smoke and health issues for nearby residents. While AAP MP Sanjay Singh has assured control efforts by the MCD and fire department, the BJP has blamed AAP's alleged mismanagement and corruption for the incident. The political dispute between the two parties over the landfill issue and the governance of Delhi remains ongoing, as residents near the site continue to face health problems due to the smoke from the fire.

Key Takeaways

  • Massive fire broke out at Ghazipur landfill in East Delhi, causing smoke and health issues.
  • Residents reported throat and breathing irritation due to smoke from the fire.
  • Fire attributed to gas produced in the dumping ground, may take time to control.
  • Political blame game between AAP and BJP over landfill management and governance.
  • Ongoing challenges in managing Delhi's waste disposal and need for effective solutions.