Mulund dump ground to shut from Monday
Mumbai: The city’s second largest dumping ground at Mulund will be closed permanently from Monday. Its daily feed of around 1,500 metric tonnes (MT) of garbage will be routed instead to Deonar and Kanjurmarg dumping grounds.
Vishwas Shankarwar, deputy municipal commissioner of Solid Waste Management (SWM) department confirmed that the ground has exhausted its capacity and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now reclaim the land.
The BMC has already appointed a contractor to process the garbage using latest technology and ferry the resultant material out of the city.
Mulund dumping ground is spread over 24 hectares of land and has been in use since 1967. According to an official from SWM, around seven million cubic metres of waste, towering to 30 metres in height has accumulated on the site.
At present, the city generates around 7,200 MT of garbage daily. “From Monday, 3,500 MT of garbage will be dumped at Kanjurmarg and Deonar respectively,” said another official from SWM. He added that around 200 to 250 MT of garbage is being processed at the local level or by housing societies and commercial units.
However, Kanjurmarg and Deonar dumping grounds are also nearing full capacity and cannot be used for long. “We have already identified two locations in Navi Mumbai — at Airoli and Taloja.
“Land acquisition is under process over there,” said another senior official from BMC, adding, “Once the process is complete, dumping will begin there.
In June 2018, the BMC appointed a consortium of Prakash Constrowell Ltd, Infotech International Ltd and EB Enviro Biotech Pvt Ltd to process waste at Mulund dumping ground. “The Mulund dumping ground is filled with around 196 lakh MT tonnes of garbage and it will take six years to process this,” said the official. “Approximately 11,00,000 MT (16%) will be processed in the first year and subsequently, waste processing capacity will be increased. In the fifth and sixth year, around 123 lakh MT will be processed.” This will cost the BMC around Rs 731 crore.
Around 1,500 metric tonnes of garbage is dumped at Mulund daily