Delhi continues to face the dangers of collapsing Landfills.
This is a serious threat to people living nearby these areas.
Created in 1984, the Bhalswa Landfill is spread over more than 50 acres. It is a big dump yard that consists of open dry and wet waste combined with hazardous materials. The Landfill has a height of around 65 metres.
The nearby area called the Shradhanand Colony is home to many people who have been living in this area from over 20 years and are forced to live around the periphery of this dump yard in a bit to survive and do manual rag picking to earn their daily wages. The residents of this area, which is called Tandoor Waali Gali (nearby Shiv Mandir) are mostly Muslim, some of the families are migrants from West Bengal.
Sheikh Shahabuddin who is 27 years old and is also physically handicapped had to escape the outburst of sudden waste on Thursday morning. He says he was pushed inside deep waste and ran with his 2 month old son, Sameer. Forced, to live on the road Rahima Bibi who is 6 months pregnant was also trapped inside the heavy waste. Rafiq, a 19 year old boy was immediately taken to Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital after being heavily suffocated with waste because of which he started to blood vomit.
Saira Baanu who is a member of Safai Sena Chintan says that no help has been received by now from any governing bodies.
Ganesh Dhaada who runs a small tea shop says that the MLA and MP did not visit their Basti. Their team came, clicked pictures from outside but did not examine the scope of the problem.
At present these people are urgently appealing for help. With over 7-8 Jhuggis getting dismantled they have also lost whatever little they had. Around 40 people have no place to go. They not only require urgent monetary support but also re-sheltering support.
These people have no water supply, no roof over their head anymore.
Dalit Adivasi Shakti Adhikar Manch’s (DASAM) had visited the area and is trying to generate funds to support them. Since the organisation is new and short of funds, we need your urgent help to support the people. Till now, DASAM raised Rs.15000 but it is still not sufficient to work on such large scale.
Pls come forward and support us!