Ghazipur Landfill Fire: NGT Seeks Response from MCD and CPCB


The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought a response within five weeks from authorities, including the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), regarding the fire incident at the Ghazipur landfill site last month.

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The green panel was hearing the issue after taking suo motu cognisance of a newspaper report about the significant fire at the landfill in East Delhi on April 21.

A bench consisting of NGT Chairperson Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Expert Member A Senthil Vel stated that the news report raised a “substantial issue” concerning compliance with environmental norms. It referenced a previous fire incident at the site in 2022, for which the tribunal imposed an environmental compensation of `900 crore on the Delhi government in January of the following year, along with directives for remedial actions. The bench had previously noted that the Delhi government and its authorities had failed to meet even minimum standards to prevent such fires.


In the order, the tribunal expressed dissatisfaction, stating, “In spite of the aforesaid order, there is no improvement in the situation and such fire incidents at landfill sites are still taking place.” The NGT included the member secretaries of the DPCC (Delhi Pollution Control Committee) and the CPCB, the MCD commissioner, and the District Magistrate of East Delhi as respondents to the matter.

“Given the significance of the issue, we direct all respondents to file their report or response within five weeks,” the tribunal directed. It also acknowledged the DPCC’s counsel’s submission regarding their inability to impose environmental compensation due to an amendment in the Environment (Protection) Act.

“Let notice be issued to the CPCB for examining the issue of levy of environmental compensation on continuous violation on persons or authority responsible for the same and also to submit the report before the tribunal within five weeks,” the tribunal specified. The matter is scheduled for further proceedings on August 6.

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