Can’t com­pletely shut Deonar dump­yard, says BMC chief

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

MUM­BAI: Com­pletely shut­ting down the city’s largest dump­ing ground at Deonar is not an op­tion and it would take at least two years to even be­gin clos­ing it down cor­rectly, civic au­thor­i­ties said on Thurs­day.

“Com­pletely shut­ting down the Deonar dump­ing ground is not an op­tion,” mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ajoy Me­hta said. Civic of­fi­cials han­dling the is­sue ac­knowl­edged that re­solv­ing the prob­lem of fre­quent fires — and the re­sult­ing air pol­lu­tion in sev­eral parts of the city — is im­por­tant, but find­ing a so­lu­tion would take time.

Union en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar, in a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, asked the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) to come up with a plan to man­age the waste at Deonar.

He told HT on Thurs­day, “Our fo­cus is to re­solve the is­sue aris­ing out of the Deonar dump, which has been in the mak­ing for a long time. The en­vi­ron­ment min­istry will mon­i­tor the situation, once the civic body comes back to us with a waste man­age­ment plan in three months.’’

The BMC, mean­while, said its plan to sci­en­tif­i­cally close down Deonar — by turn­ing waste into en­ergy— will take place in stages. Of the 132 hectares , the waste-to-en­ergy tech­nol­ogy will be used first in 10-12 hectares, pro­cess­ing 2,000 met­ric tonnes .

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