Lessons from Deonar to help Mu­lund

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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