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How govt's lackadaisical policy created mountains of garbage in Delhi-NCR

In the last two decades, Delhi's population has quickly risen to about 19 million from about 12 million and infrastructure and governments services have not kept pace.

Hari Kumar & Kai Schultz | NYT  |  Ghazipur 

Huddled in a stinky, airless room near the center of India’s capital, Rammurti fumed over the 17-story-high mountain of trash half a mile from her home. The 43-year-old mother, who goes by one name, had watched the garbage in her village of Ghazipur pile higher and higher over the years. It wafted a sickening cocktail of airborne particles that infected her neighbors with tuberculosis and dengue fever, singed trees and turned the ground water a filmy yellow. But nothing had prepared her for one afternoon last September when a tower of trash broke away from the mass during ...

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 11:27 IST