Waste woes: BMC seeks plans
Civic agency asks assistant commissioners to submit waste management strategy for 12 months
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.