Lessons from Deonar to help Mulund
MUMBAI: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has learnt a lesson from the massive fire at Deonar dumping ground and struggle of nearly a week to douse it, earlier this month. It has now decided to appoint consultants to scientifically close the Mulund dumping ground.
Around 5,000 metric tonnes of waste is dumped at Mulund dumping ground daily.
“We have opened tenders to appoint consultants for the scientific closure of Mulund dumping ground and also suggest ways to process waste at the dumping ground,” said a senior civic official.
Owing to unscientific dumping/ disposal of waste at Deonar over the years, the civic body had to pay a high cost last month as it struggled to control the fire on the ground for almost a week. Trapped methane gas inside the dump stoked fire for a week and many pocket fires after that.
Another pocket fire was reported at Deonar dumping ground on Saturday. BMC is yet to zero down on the technology to
be used at the ground to capture the combustible methane which has been leading to small pocket fires for almost a month after the fire was declared under control in January.
The fire had led to thick smoke covering the area as far as Andheri; some of the worst affected areas were Govandi, Mulund, Chembur, Navi Mumbai.
The civic body recently appointed consultants at Deonar to study the feasibility of setting up a waste-to -energy plant. The BMC has hired Tata Consulting Engineers Limited (TCEL) as a consultant for Rs59 lakh to study the feasibility of setting up a plant that can convert waste into energy. TCEL will study the feasibility of the project and chose the best location for the plant, which will handle waste from three dumping grounds – at Deonar, Mulund and Kanjurmarg.
It will also be responsible for finalising agencies to set up the plant, which will be able to process 2,000 metric tonnes of waste a day.