Space crunch, a ma­jor prob­lem in B ward

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as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of B ward said, “Bulk gen­er­a­tors have shown space scarcity as a ma­jor prob­lem in pro­cess­ing waste at the source. We are in touch with Arvind Sawant, an MP, to make space for bulk gen­er­a­tors, with the help of the PWD, where a bio-di­gester can be set up for pro­cess­ing waste,” Shi­roorkar said.

How­ever, Shi­roorkar has come up with an idea to man­age waste by giv­ing some mone­tary value to it. “If ev­ery item which we pur­chase has some mone­tary value even after use, res­i­dents will not throw it,” said Shi­roorkar. Be­sides seek­ing an ex­ten­sion from the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) ask­ing them to col­lect waste for three more months, a num­ber of so­ci­eties at Na­pean Sea Road are now look­ing at al­ter­na­tive ways to do away with the waste they gen­er­ate.

One of the op­tions be­ing con­sid­ered is reach­ing out to agen­cies that treat waste. The process would en­tail hav­ing the agency go to the so­ci­ety, col­lect waste, treat it at their cen­tres and give the com­post to so­ci­eties.

“We are in talks for such an ar­range­ment. We are also plan­ning to get a ma­chine that can com­post, and an­other one that can make a char­coal-like prod­uct which can be then sold as in­sec­ti­cide,” said Pranav Pasari, res­i­dent of Darya Ma­hal, on Na­pean Sea Road which houses 20 flats.

The res­i­dents are con­sid­er­ing giv­ing away of waste to agen­cies as it will not re­quire any space and each flat will be charged Rs 200 per month. “The kind of in­vest­ment so­ci­eties will have to make should be done by the BMC. They are not col­lect­ing due to lack of space, it is the same rea­son why so­ci­eties are also find­ing it dif­fi­cult to have a plant in their so­ci­eties,” said Mukul Mehra, hon­orary sec­re­tary of Na­pean Sea Road Cit­i­zens Fo­rum and res­i­dent of Em­bassy Apart­ments which has 47 flats.

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