Stray dogs, goats and cows munch the plastic waste as toddlers run around trying to retrieve footballs and water bottles.
India is the focus of World Environment Day tomorrow, but it is far from the minds of the long-suffering inhabitants of Taimur Nagar. "You can see how bad the conditions are here. It's completely choked with plastic," said Bhola Ram, shaking his head.
Taimur Nagar is one of many slums in Delhi and countless other cities struggling to cope with waste, particularly the plastic pollution that is the main theme of World Environment Day.
A plastic hell
But a sweeping look over Taimur Nagar underlines the challenges the country faces with its waste. India generates around 5.6 million tonnes of plastic waste annually, according to government figures, with Delhi among the worst cities for plastic consumption.
The capital banned plastic bags in 2009 and later expanded it to all plastic packaging and single-use disposable plastic.
But the ban is rarely enforced. Plastic bags are still the staple for carrying vegetables, fruit, meat and restaurant takeaways.
Taimur Nagar's residents know little of the hazards of non-biodegradable plastic to the water supply and the animals sat around. Used to the filth, residents say they are resigned to their fate.
"When I came here 40 years ago the drain had clean water. The area was not so dirty. But as more and more people started living here, things have gone worse," said Saroj Sharma, a mother of three.
In the rainy season, grimy water from sewers enters homes with families having to cope with the sludge and stench.
"My granddaughter keeps falling sick. All the children here frequently miss school because they are down with diarrhoea or malaria," said homemaker Birambati Devi as pigs feasted on a stinking garbage dump nearby.
Its insidious conditions tell a sorry tale of India's lopsided economic growth as well as decades of negligence, despite a pledge by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clean up the country by 2019 when the Lok Sabha election will be held.
India, Asia's third-largest economy, had 14 of the world's 15 worst cities for dirty air in a recent World Health Organisation survey. Delhi improved its ranking to sixth from the most polluted city in 2014.
"I don't think the city will ever get cleaned. The conditions will never improve," said Sallu Chowdhary, who wore a black mask as he set out for college. "No one is serious about this problem, not even the locals who have to suffer every day."
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