Opposition grows against Airoli dump yard plan
Controversy and opposition is brewing over plans by the Shiv Sena-ruled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to develop a dumping ground near Airoli, near Thane creek.
An area of 32 hectares has been earmarked for the purpose.
Residents fear that the node already suffering due to the creek-related problems will face further pollution issues and will be a health hazard.
The BMC plans to use land in Airoli as a dumping ground may run into trouble.
Ashish Dubey, a resident, said: “A dumping ground near Airoli will be disastrous for the node’s residents. The pollution levels will go up. The area is also visited by the migratory birds which will stop coming.”
NCP city president Anant Sutar said that the dumping ground will be a major health hazard and residents will be the sufferers.
Sutar said: “A dumping ground should come up in an area where there is no population. A dumping ground right at the entrance of our well-planned city will be a blot.”
He said, “We have given a memorandum to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and the Konkan commissioner stating our opposition to the dumping ground.”
Sutar added, “We will involve the residents of the node to protest the move.”
Opposition l eader Vijay Chougule of the Shiv Sena said, “We are already suffering due to the Thane dumping ground near Kopri and the Vikhroli dumping ground, which are both close to Airoli.”
He said that they would meet the Mumbai mayor to find out how the dumping ground has been planned.
“T here are gover nment grant available for environment- friendly projects which can prevent problems for the people. It that is the case, we will cooperate else we will oppose,” he said.
Chougule said, “We are planning a morcha on Turbhe dumping ground with the local residents soon.”
NCP CITY PRESIDENT ANANT SUTAR SAID THE DUMPING GROUND WILL BE A HEALTH HAZARD AND RESIDENTS WILL BE THE SUFFERERS