Dump­ing ground woes: Mu­lund fac­ing dan­ger of be­com­ing Deonar?

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - San­jana Bhalerao san­jana.bhalerao1@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Will t he dump­ing ground at Mu­lund, Mum­bai’s sec­ond- largest, go the Deonar way?

For nearly five decades now, un­treated garbage is be­ing dumped at the Mu­lund land­fill, just like at Deonar. There is no sys­tem to col­lect meth­ane — the gas that has been stok­ing sev­eral fires at Deonar. The civic body has not done a sur­vey of the dump­yard, its in­ter­nal roads and the space avail­able; there is no es­ti­mate of the to­tal garbage dumped at the Mu­lund fa­cil­ity ei­ther. And, like Deonar, garbage at Mu­lund piles up as high as 28 me­ters in some spots.

Th­ese fac­tors point to a sit­u­a­tion alarm­ingly sim­i­lar to that of Deonar’s, which is wit­ness­ing fires for the sixth day in a row. The smoke has en­gulfed nearby ar­eas, en­dan­ger­ing the health of its res­i­dents.

A fire was also re­ported in the Mu­lund land­fill on Sun­day, which t he Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) brushed off as a mi­nor one and in­sisted it was swiftly brought un­der con­trol.

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