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, 2016
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2 years on, Swachh Bharat yet to reach Bhalswa

Source: The Hindu, Date: , 2016

As smoke rises from the burning garbage, Bhalswa may as well be on a different planet than the manicured lawns of Lutyens’ Delhi where Union Ministers will mark the second anniversary of the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission on Sunday. On the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the nationwide cleanliness drive on October 2, 2014. The goal was a ‘clean India’ by 2019 - the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation. Two years since its launch, Swachh Bharat has not reached the outskirts of the Capital, where a mountain of garbage at the Bhalswa sanitary landfill site continues to grow, and burn. The 40-acre landfill operated by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation exceeded its intended capacity years ago. Along with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Okhla landfill and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation’s landfill at Ghazipur, the Bhalswa site continues to grow upwards.

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