India's Rubbish Mountain Is About To Dwarf The Taj Mahal
The Ghazipur landfill is growing so fast it's expected to be taller than the iconic Taj Mahal by next year.
The 'rubbish mountain' takes up an area bigger than 40 football pitches, is home to hundreds of wild dogs, stray cows and rats and is growing by about 10 metres every year.
Right now it stands at 65 metres tall, the Taj in comparison, is 73 metres tall.
Roughly 2,000 tonnes of waste is dumped at the site each day, with no sign of slowing, despite it reaching its maximum capacity of 20 metres back in 2002, according to news agency AFP.
Ghazipur was set up in 1984 and is one of three main landfill sites in New Delhi, all of which have been at capacity for more than a decade.
This particular dumping ground is getting so big that India’s Supreme Court last year warned that warning lights will soon have to be put on the dump to alert passing jets.
It's also becoming deadly.
Two people were killed in September 2017 when part of the towering landmark collapsed during heavy rain. Dumping was banned but only for several days -- authorities couldn't find an alternative.
Now toxins have oozed into groundwater and the local canal, fires sparked by methane gas regularly break out and local residents are often falling sick.
The dump has been declared a health risk for anyone living within five kilometres, AFP reports.
Between 2013 and 2017, Delhi saw 981 deaths from acute respiratory infections, a further 1.7 million residents suffered infections.
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Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching 'Operation Clean India', back in 2014, the country banning imports of plastic waste and committing to phasing out single-use plastics by 2022, authorities are being accused of not taking the country's waste crisis seriously.