New Delhi: Identifying increasing amount
of solid wastes in the city as a huge challenge, Delhi Finance
Minister A K Walia on Friday exhorted all concerned agencies to
work together to find ways to manage them.
As per estimates, Delhi will generate around 16,000
metric tonnes of solid wastes per day (MTPD) by the year 2021,
he said speaking at a workshop on solid waste management
organised by Indian Environmental Society.
Delhi, which is the largest municipal solid waste
producer in the country, generates over 7,000 metric tonnes of
solid wastes every day followed by Mumbai with 6,500 tonnes.
Noting that the situation was "alarming", he said
increase in accumulation of solid waste would be detrimental
to environment and public health.
He said Delhi has limited areas for setting up new
land fill sites. "Even neighbouring states have expressed
their inability in permitting setting up of any landfill site
in their areas."
Walia said government has decided to plant
Bougainvilleas at existing land fill sites so as to improve
their look and also to get rid of the foul smell.