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Sultanpur Dabas village Landfill site, Delhi, India


The landfill sites in Delhi are already saturated with the garbage and there is a major shortage of municipal waste disposal sites.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Sultanpur Dabas village Landfill site, Delhi, India
State or province:Delhi
Location of conflict:Village-Sultanpur Dabas ; Delhi
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Waste Management
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Landfills, toxic waste treatment, uncontrolled dump sites
Specific commodities:Domestic municipal waste
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Project area:40
Type of populationUrban
Affected Population:500,000-1,000,000
Start of the conflict:2014
Company names or state enterprises:North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) from India
South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) from India
Relevant government actors:Government of Delhi, Delhi Development Authority (DDA)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:“Dehat Bachao-Khatta Hatao Sangharsh Samiti”.
Toxic Watch Alliance
Indian National Congress (Political Party)
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Local government/political parties
Social movements
Forms of mobilization:Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Referendum other local consultations
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Development of alternatives:It is a point to be noted that the land fill sites should be located closer to the source from where it generates. If these sites are located close the transportation cost would be less [3].
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:It is observed that localities where poor and less privileged people lives are selected for the possible landfills. This is perhaps done because of less resistance from people.
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[1] DDA Releases Seven Sites For Solid Waste Management Facility
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[2] HC asks DDA to hand over landfill sites to MCD
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[3] Why will Delhi's poorer localities allow landfills to be situated in their proximity?
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[4] Protests held against proposed garbage dump
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Contributor:Swapan Kumar Patra
Last update10/10/2014
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