Living in plastic hell: Indian town is completely swamped by a sea of garbage

18:25 • 05.06.18



These images of squalor show a sea of plastic spreading through the New Delhi slum of Taimur Nagar - a symbol of the grime and waste that makes the Indian capital one of the world's most polluted cities, tje Daily Mail reports.

The plastic bottles, bags, food wrappers and other detritus have gushed out of a drain that ends in the shanty, leaving stinking sewer water clogging the roads.

Stray dogs, goats and cows munch the plastic waste as toddlers run around trying to retrieve footballs and water bottles.

India is to be the focus of World Environment Day on Tuesday, but it is far from the minds of the long-suffering inhabitants of Taimur Nagar.


It comes amid global efforts to reduce the reliance on single-use plastic. Earlier this year Theresa May vowed to eliminate Britain's plastic waste by 2042.


'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 Indian cities struggling to cope with waste, particularly the plastic pollution that is the main theme of World Environment Day.


India is to organise beach cleanups, an exhibition of green technology and art installations - symbols of its growing economic clout. One engineer, Rajagopalan Vasudevan, has developed a process where plastic waste is shredded up and used in new roads.


But a sweeping look over Taimur Nagar underlines the challenges the country faces with its waste.

 

Squalor: A sea of plastic is seen spreading through the New Delhi slum of Taimur Nagar - a symbol of the grime and waste that makes the Indian capital one of the world's most polluted cities

 

The plastic bottles, bags, food wrappers and other detritus have gushed out of a drain that ends in the shanty, leaving stinking sewer water clogging the roads

Taimur Nagar (pictured) is one of many slums in Delhi and countless other Indian cities struggling to cope with waste

The plastic bottles, bags, food wrappers and other detritus have gushed out of a drain that ends in the shanty, leaving stinking sewer water clogging the roads

Stray dogs, goats and cows munch the plastic waste as toddlers run around trying to retrieve footballs and water bottles

Taimur Nagar is one of many slums in Delhi and countless other Indian cities struggling to cope with waste, particularly the plastic pollution that is the main theme of World Environment Day

A sweeping look over Taimur Nagar underlines the challenges the country faces with its waste. In this image, a cow sits on the banks of a sewage drain in the slum

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 city banned plastic bags in 2009 and later expanded it to all plastic packaging and single-use disposable plastic

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 with one waste dealer saying: 'It's like living in hell. You can see there is plastic garbage everywhere'

The insidious conditions in the slum 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 the time his term ends in 2019

India, Asia's third-largest economy, had 14 of the world's 15 worst cities for dirty air in a recent World Health Organization survey

Residents say children in the community frequently miss school because they are down with stomach complaints or malaria

In the rainy season, grimy water from sewers enters homes with families having to cope with the sludge and stench

A plastic bag hangs on the horns of a cow as it sifts through rubbish for food ahead of World Environment Day in New Delhi





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