A day after a portion of the waste dump, estimated to be as high as a 15-storey building, collapsed, killing two persons, Lt Governor Baijal held a meeting to take stock of the situation.
He directed that traffic be diverted on the road adjoining the landfill for proper vehicular movement.
"National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) assured the LG that it will begin the process of lifting, segregating and processing of the solid waste by November 2017, for its use in road construction," said a statement from the Lt Governor's office.
The process has been fast tracked and the entire landfill site would be cleared within two years, it said.
Dumping of solid waste at Ghazipur site to be stopped immediately. Traffic to be diverted to alternate routes as safety measure.— LG Delhi (@LtGovDelhi) September 2, 2017
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) that manages the landfill site will send collected garbage for disposal to some alternative site with immediate effect.
Expressing his condolences to the families of the two people who lost their lives, Lt Governor Baijal asked all agencies to be fully prepared to deal with such exigencies and to coordinate so that such unfortunate incidents do not recur.
The meeting was attended by EDMC commissioner Ranbir Singh, NHAI general manager RP Singh, Principal Commissioner (Lands) DDA Rajeev Verma, and experts in landfill site management.
Around 2,500 MT of garbage lifted from East Delhi is dumped each day in the Ghazipur landfill, the oldest of its kind in the national capital.
Reviewed emergency measures to be taken in view of yesterday's unfortunate incident at Ghazipur landfill site pic.twitter.com/zbIqKuSD14— LG Delhi (@LtGovDelhi) September 2, 2017
According to officials, the permissible height for a garbage dump is 20 metres. However, the Ghazipur dump was 60 metres high.