BMC’S tough bid­ding rules may de­lay treat­ment plant

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - San­jana Bhalerao

Waste from across the city is likely to con­tinue pil­ing up dan­ger­ously for the next four years at the Deonar dump­ing ground.

More than a year after a mas­sive fire en­gulfed parts of the city’s largest dump­ing ground, the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Corporation’s (BMC) plan to set up a treat­ment plant at the site is still stuck in the ini­tial stages.

Sources said the bid­ding firms are de­mand­ing at least four years to set up a waste-toen­ergy plant.

The rea­son: the BMC’S bid­ding con­di­tions put the onus on the con­trac­tors to not only clear waste at the site where the plant is to come up, but to also get en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ances from the pol­lu­tion con­trol board and cer­tifi­cates from other de­part­ments.

Soon after the Jan­uary 2016 fire, which forced schools and of­fices in the area to shut down and led to se­vere health prob­lems for res­i­dents for months, the BMC de­cided to set up a waste-to-en­ergy unit by 2020 and is­sued ten­ders for bids.

The unit will be built on a 12-hectare plot in­side the 122hectare dump­ing yard and will process only fresh waste.

The civic body had set a three­year dead­line for the project.

“No one knows what kind of waste there is, the amount of meth­ane trapped un­der it, and how that can be cap­tured. Com­pa­nies have de­manded ex­tra time for this,” said a se­nior civic of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity.

The bid­ding pro­ce­dure for the project was to end to­day, but is likely to be ex­tended, the civic of­fi­cial said.

Ac­cord­ing to a Tata Con­sul­tancy re­port, the new plant will only process about 3,000 met­ric tonnes of fresh waste dumped at

There is no plan in place yet for the re­main­ing 12 mil­lion tonnes of waste ly­ing in the Deonar land­fill, which means cit­i­zens will not get re­lief from the dan­gers of an over­loaded dump

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