CEN­TRE WANTS BMC RE­PORT ON WASTE MGMT AT DEONAR PLOT

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

MUM­BAI: Waste dumped at Deonar is not treated and solid waste man­age­ment rules are not be­ing fol­lowed, a two-mem­ber panel Union en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar ap­pointed has found.

Javadekar has asked the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) to put in place a waste man­age­ment sys­tem for the Deonar dump yard. The min­is­ter also called for a meet­ing in Delhi with the civic body and Ma­ha­rash­tra Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (MPCB), among oth­ers, in con­nec­tion with the re­peated fires at Deonar. Civic chief Ajoy Me­hta and ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (projects) San­jay Mukher­jee at­tended .

The in­te­grated waste man­age­ment sys­tem will in­volve col­lec­tion, re­cy­cling and dis­posal of waste . Tata Con­sul­tancy Ser­vices will look at dif­fer­ent ways in which waste can be dis­posed of at Deonar, in­stead of fo­cussing just on ex­ist­ing tech­nolo­gies such as the wasteto-en­ergy and waste-to-com­post projects. Fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing, BMC has also been asked to sub­mit a re­port, in a month, to the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment & Forests (MOEF) on what long-term and short-term mea­sures it will im­ple­ment at the Deonar land­fill.

The BMC has told MOEF its cur­rent fo­cus is on clos­ing down the Mu­lund dump yard — one of Mum­bai’s three. It is also look­ing at ex­tract­ing com­bustible meth­ane (its abun­dance has been stok­ing the fires) and sta­bil­is­ing garbage heaps more than 35m high.

>> CON­TIN­UED ON P16

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.