Op­po­si­tion grows against Airoli dump yard plan

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - Navi Mumbai - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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

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