2 killed as mountain of garbage collapses in New Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia also left for the accident spot.

A case has been registered against unidentified persons and a probe would be launched to ascertain if the incident was a result of an act of negligence, they said.

The area has turned into a garbage dumping over years.

When the garbage dump collapsed in one of the Kondili canals, a auto, a scooter, and two motorcycles were swept into it.

A vehicle being pulled out of a canal as the rescue operations are underway after a part of the Ghazipur garbage landfill collapsed in east Delhi on Friday afternoon. Locals also helped rescue some persons.

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A Hyundai X-cent, a motorcycle, and a scooter were pulled out from the waters.

"We must try to avoid stacking of garbage mountains", he said in a statement.

The Delhi Fire Service (DFS), which got a call about the accident around 2.45 pm, sent four-five JCB machines for rescue operations. Ghazipur and the two other landfill sites, Bhalaswa and Okhla, commissioned in 1994 and 1996 respectively, were not designed as per the Municipal Solid Waste Rules, nor do they have authorisation from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

"It is important that steps be taken to develop alternate additional landfill sites for Delhi and scientific disposal of garbage be ensured. Why doesn't MCD use modern technology to manage solid waste?" he tweeted after the visit. "If we continue to mindlessly pile trash over trash, we are only inviting trouble for ourselves", Ms. Mukherjee said.

The building collapse happened after the city witnessed rains on Thursday.

  • Megan Austin