The monstrous garbage mountain in India will soon rise above the Taj Mahal
A huge pile of garbage locals jokingly called "Everest". It has already grown to 65 meters in height, and therefore the Supreme Court of India ruled to equip the landfill with signal lights so that planes and helicopters do not accidentally crash into it. Gazipur was first opened in 1984, and, of course, no one expected it to reach such monstrous proportions. By 2002, the garbage hill rose 20 meters above the ground and, according to the project, was supposed to close. However, until now, 21 million people living in New Delhi are unwittingly dependent on this stinking monster and its two "congeners" - neighboring dumps. It is noteworthy that they all reached their maximum volume at least 10 years ago, but garbage continues to flow.
“Every day, about 2, 000 tons of garbage are dumped in Gazipur, ” said one of Delhi’s municipal officials, who requested anonymity. This means that every year the landfill grows about 10 meters in height. This is not only unpleasant from the point of view of aesthetics, but simply dangerous. Last year, two locals were literally buried under an avalanche of debris that had fallen after heavy rain. But this is not the main trouble: since the waste stored in Gazipur is loose and unprotected organic matter, then over time it simply begins to decompose. Such an extensive process of decay causes heating of debris and produces a lot of methane. Of course, accidental fires destabilize the structure even more, not to mention the stench smog that pollutes the air.
The landfill is located directly on the ground, and therefore the decay products that are formed during the so-called leaching process get into local water bodies and pollute groundwater. Residents of New Delhi say that a huge pile of garbage stinks so hard that it is almost impossible to breathe in its surroundings. A local doctor said that every day he receives about 70 people with complaints of the effects of passive poisoning - from respiratory diseases to infections and stomach diseases provoked by dirty air. Especially severely affected are children and infants.
Many political parties tried to solve the problem with this "time bomb", but so far none of them have achieved significant results. India is one of the largest garbage producers in the world, which has long been faced with the so-called "waste crisis". If measures are not taken in the near future, then Gazipur and neighboring garbage can soon grow so much that it becomes simply impossible to clean them.