It claims existing sites filled beyond capacity

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the response of the Centre, the city government and the civic bodies here on a petition seeking creation of a new landfill site for dumping solid waste and garbage generated in the Capital.

A Bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar issued notices to the Environment Ministry, the Delhi government and the three municipal corporations.

The petition, filed by NGO Anti Corruption Council of India, has sought directions to stop dumping of waste at the existing landfills in Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla.

The plea claimed that the existing sites are filled beyond capacity and pose a health risk to those living near them. It further claimed that chemicals from the sites had contaminated the groundwater.

The High Court has posted the case for further hearing on December 9.

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