Mu­lund dump ground to shut from Mon­day

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Amit Sri­vas­tava

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

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