Resurgent Mountains of Delhi

Years ago I penned the following piece. It still holds relevance. With the rising resurgent mountains of garbage, hopefully we are relating to the vision of ‘Resurgent Temples of India’.


Last day, we had a trip to an amazing place in Delhi namely, Okhla Landfill near Tuglakabad fort, the emerging mountain range of Delhi. It is the smallest landfill site in Delhi with an area of 50 acres. The beauty of the region cannot be explained in words.

A young fold hill is emerging from the ground surface; here geomorphological or geological processes are not responsible for this noble cause. But the domestic activities at our homes and construction sites are fulfilling the absence of geo-processes. The site has a very fragile ecology, we need to conserve it.

Crows flying in the sky, grass and other plants growing around, cows and dogs moving in search of food- it clearly satisfies the criteria of being a biodiversity hotspot. This hill started emerging in 1995, but the load is more than its holding capacity. Everyday around 1150 M.T. is contributed to increase the height and make it a mountain.

Even this place also fulfills the eligibility for an active volcano, as gases are fuming out. One can found the beautiful black streams aka leachete emerging, which makes it alike to young fold mountains of Himalayas.

My mental condition was analogous to William Wordsworth when he was looking at Daffodils. We had a nice trek there. My friends wanted to have a proper picnic; some were in the favor of camping and lit fire.

I had the same emotion which Edward Hillary had while capturing the Mount Everest. This place needs heritage status. It’s a pilgrimage for every Indian who loves modern day development. I request all the organizations to come forward and help us in making it a complete mountain range similar to Andes and Himalayas. My appeal to all citizens of India is to make India proud, by creating these types of mountain and plateau ranges in every city, town and village.

Forward this message to every enlightened Indian. We need your support. Issued in public interest by Garbage Mountain Preservation Committee, New Delhi.


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