Po­lice pro­tec­tion for garbage trucks go­ing to Taloja dump

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

Fol­low­ing protest against dump­ing of garbage at Taloja dump­ing ground, the Cidco nodes are fac­ing a ma­jor prob­lem of garbage not be­ing picked up. As the sit­u­a­tion wors­ened, the Cidco has been forced to take po­lice pro­tec­tion to trans­port the garbage to the dump­ing ground.

Sadguru Wa­man­baba Ma­haraj Sang­harsh Samiti (SWMSS) had staged a mas­sive all-party mor­cha against dump­ing in the area by Cidco. This has led to the garbage bins over­flow­ing on to roads.

Girish Ragh­van­shi, solid waste man­age­ment of­fi­cer, Cidco, said: “The protests stopped trans­port of garbage. The ac­cu­mu­lated garbage in the nodes has be­come a health risk. We sought po­lice pro­tec­tion and trans­ported 81 tonnes on Thurs­day and more on Fri­day.”

The Cidco nodes, New Pan­vel, Khanda colony, Kalam­boli, Kamothe and Kharghar now also in­clude Ulwe, Karan­jade, Nawde

and Taloja. The pop­u­la­tion of all these nodes is ris­ing by the day. This has led to in­crease in the garbage be­ing gen­er­ated as well.

A few years ago, Cidco had de­vel­oped the dump­ing ground in Ghot to dis­pose of the garbage from the nodes. It claimed that garbage here is dis­posed in a sci­en­tific man­ner. Its agency BVG, trans­ports 250 to 300 tonnes of garbage here ev­ery day.

Over the years, res­i­dents have been op­pos­ing the dump­ing dur­ing

mon­soon due to the odour.

Ragh­van­shi said: “We dis­pose garbage in a sci­en­tific man­ner. Bio-degrad­able and non-degrad­able garbage is sep­a­rated here. Fer­til­izer is man­u­fac­tured from bio-degrad­able garbage. The rest is sent to the land­fill site.”

Dhanaji Patil, pres­i­dent of SWMSS, said: “We will con­tinue our op­po­si­tion and en­sure that the author­i­ties act to re­solve the is­sue and ac­cept our de­mand to stop dump­ing garbage here.”

HT FILE PHOTO

Dumped garbage is a com­mon sight across all Cidco nodes such as New Pan­vel, Khanda colony, Kalam­boli and Kamothe.

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