New Delhi: BJP’s East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir claimed on Twitter last week that the height of the garbage heap at the Ghazipur landfill site has been reduced by 40 feet.
Commissioned in 1984, the overflowing garbage dump site had grown 65 metres (213 feet) high when it was last measured in 2019. With the heap rising by nearly 10 metres every year, many experts had said it would dwarf the Qutub Minar in a few years if no action was taken.
Gambhir had vowed to work on the landfill site in his constituency and install recycling plants to reduce the waste there. The former cricketer posted on 23 July, “Had promised that if I don’t deliver, I will never contest elections again. Asia’s largest garbage mountain in Ghazipur East Delhi down by 40 feet in 1 year!”
The MP visited the site Tuesday to take stock of the situation and tweeted updates.
ThePrint’s photojournalist Suraj Singh Bisht was there, too, and captured images of the trash mountain and what is being done to clear it.