Plastic Hell, shocking images.

Posted by on June 5, 2018

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Published in DailyMail.Uk.

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

gushes out of a drain into the shanty

  • Plastic bottles, bags, food wrappers and other detritus have gushed out of a drain that ends in Taimur Nagar
  • Sea of garbage sweeps through the slum in India’s capital New Delhi, one of the world’s most polluted cities
  • Pictures show stray dogs, goats and cows eating the plastic waste as toddlers run around in the squalor

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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.

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

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

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

The ban on plastic packaging and bags is rarely enforced. Plastic bags are still the staple for carrying vegetables, fruit, meat and restaurant takeaways

The ban on plastic packaging and bags 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

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'

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’

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.

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.

‘It’s like living in hell. You can see there is plastic garbage everywhere. We are poor and we have no choice but to live and die here,’ said Shreepal Singh, a waste dealer.

Conditions were not always not so bad.

‘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.

Taimur Nagar is sandwiched between upper scale residential developments lined with swanky houses, the underbelly of Delhi that remains hidden from main roads

Taimur Nagar is sandwiched between upper scale residential developments lined with swanky houses, the underbelly of Delhi that remains hidden from main roads

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People walk along a garbage-strewn street in the Taimur Nagar slum area in New Delhi. Plastic waste is a huge problem in the area

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

‘My granddaughter keeps falling sick. All the children here frequently miss school because they are down with diarrhoea or malaria,’ said housewife Birambati Devi as pigs feasted on a stinking garbage dump nearby.

Taimur Nagar is sandwiched between upper scale residential developments lined with swanky houses, the underbelly of Delhi that remains hidden from main roads.

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 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.

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.’

Philippines is also tackling a plastic pollution problem ahead of tomorrow's World Environment Day

The Pasig River in Manila is considered the world's worst polluted river due to the large amount of waste dumped in it

The area is an important river in Manila as it provides food, livelihood, and transport to its residents

In 2005, the Philippines government established the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) to rehabilitate the river, but its effort to revive the quality continue to deteriorate over time

Environmental advocate groups demand the government be more active in rehabilitating the Pasig river that connects Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay

Children play in the Pasig river despite concerns from Filipinos the pollution may cause to health

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