NEW DELHI: In a move that could help in reclaiming Rs 20,000 crore worth of prestigious lands in the National Capital Region, the government will now use the solid waste from Ghazipur landfill site for constructing the Delhi to Meerut highway. Urban development ministry on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of road transportation and highways, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for the same.
The MoU will allow NHAI to extract the garbage and use it for construction of 82 km stretch between Delhi to Meerut, NH-24. The work is expected to start by the end of December and is expected be completed within 21 months. “The use of dump material of Ghazipur plant for Delhi Meerut road is the only project of its kind in the history of waste processing and disposal in India which the whole country is looking forward to,” said Praveen Prakash, joint secretary and mission director (SBM_Urban), ministry of urban development.
The move is also expected to escalate the property values in adjoining areas of Indirapuram, Ghazipur and Vaishali. The ministry of urban development proposes to take up the remediation of the existing dumps of top 20 biggest cities in a time bound manner in the country, Prakash informed.
Ghazipur landfill site was commissioned in 1984, and around 2,500 tonne of garbage is dumped there every day.
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