Waste woes: BMC seeks plans

Civic agency asks as­sis­tant com­mis­sion­ers to sub­mit waste man­age­ment strat­egy for 12 months

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Amit Sri­vas­tava amit.sri­vas­[email protected]­dia.net

The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) ad­min­is­tra­tion has sought a plan for city’s waste man­age­ment in new year. The civic chief has di­rected as­sis­tant com­mis­sion­ers of 24 wards to sub­mit their plans within a month’s time on how they will re­duce garbage gen­er­a­tion and man­age at source. At present, the city gen­er­ates around 7,500 met­ric tonnes of garbage ev­ery­day.

Civic chief Ajoy Me­hta, early this week, di­rected as­sis­tant com­mis­sion­ers of all 24 wards to pre­pare plan on how they will man­age waste in their re­spec­tive ward and sub­mit the plans within a month. “All as­sis­tant com­mis­sion­ers have to pre­pare a monthly plan and set a tar­get that has to be achieved on a monthly ba­sis,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial from the Solid Waste Man­age­ment (SWM) depart­ment of the BMC.

Ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tion, the as­sis­tant com­mis­sion­ers will have to en­sure dry and wet waste seg­re­ga­tion, is­sue no­tices un­der Sec­tion 358 of MMC Act to all so­ci­eties and com­plexes for not seg­re­gat­ing waste, and en­sure no fur­ther ex­ten­sion be given for bulk gen­er­a­tor among oth­ers.

On Oc­to­ber 1, the civic body had an­nounced that it would not dump garbage any­more at Mu­lund dump­ing ground. How­ever, the city gen­er­ates around 7500 MT waste per day and it will be dif­fi­cult for BMC to dump it in the re­main­ing two grounds at Deonar and Kan­jur­marg. The only so­lu­tion is to bring down

the waste gen­er­a­tion and man­age the garbage at source.

All as­sis­tant com­mis­sion­ers will have to pre­pare a month-wise plan from Jan­uary to De­cem­ber 2019.

The civic body has also planned to start de­cen­tralised

wet waste pro­cess­ing plants at all mu­nic­i­pal mar­kets, its of­fices and staff quar­ters by March 2019. “This will also help wards to re­duce wet waste gen­er­a­tion to some ex­tent,” said the of­fi­cial.

In or­der to en­cour­age res­i­dents

to com­post waste at their so­ci­ety premises, the civic ad­min­is­tra­tion has also di­rected that the com­post gen­er­ated by bulk waste gen­er­a­tors be used at BMC’S own gar­dens, play­grounds, and recre­ational grounds within

the wards. “The as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner can keep all this op­tions open while pre­par­ing the plan for the next year waste man­age­ment and how take mea­sures on how the waste can be re­duced,” added the of­fi­cial.

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