`10 crore for wall at Deonar, Kanjurmarg `43 crore to process Mulund dump waste
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has planned to construct compound walls at Deonar and Mulund dumping grounds to prevent trespassing and safeguarding the dumping grounds. The civic body has also made a provision of Rs 10.43 crore for the same in budget 2019-20.
After a series of fire incidents at the two dumping grounds, the civic body decided to construct a compound wall. One of the main reason for frequent fire incidents was trespassing of miscreants and burn the garbage. According to civic official, mostly rag pickers used to set fire in garbage to retrieve valuables, mostly metal. However, the fire caused huge environment issue.
The civic body had in the past tried to construct the compound wall. But, its previous effort received poor response from the standing committee. A proposal was tabled before the standing committee in March 2018, but it was held back by members. Ravi Raja, leader of opposition said that there was no clarity in civic administration’s proposal. “When the dumping ground has to be
closed, there is no reason for compound wall. And, even they want to construct a wall, why there is so delay,” said Raja. Members had opposed the proposal on the ground that it was delayed and all the recommendation of a committee appointed after the fire was not followed in time bound.
A number of measures were suggested after frequent fire incidents at dumping ground. These measures were construction of compound wall, lighting, CCTV cameras, higher security, motorable roads. Some of measures like lighting, CCTV cameras were installed by the civic body, but constructing of compound walls was delayed.
Due to delay, the cost of constructing compound walls have increased. In 2018, around Rs8 crore was estimated cost. However, according to civic official, now more than Rs 10 crore will be required for the same work. The Birhanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made a provision of Rs 43 crore for the waste processing of the Mulund dumping ground in budget 2019-20. The dumping ground was closed last year.
The work for bio-mining of around 11,20,000 tonnes of municipal waste at Mulund dumping ground has started. The waste is spread at around 24 hectares of land and the process of bio-mining and recovery of land will be completed by July 2024.
BMC is set to spend around Rs 731 crore in processing of waste of the dumping ground. “In the first year, the contractor will set up machinery at the dumping ground. Rs 43 crore has been proposed as quantity of is low in first year,” said an official from the Solid Waste Management of BMC. He added that gradually the amount will be increased.
In June 2018, the BMC appointed a consortium of Prakash Constrowell Ltd, Infotech International Ltd and EB Enviro Biotech Pvt Ltd to process waste at Mulund dumping ground. In earlier attempt, the civic body failed to get a contractor.
“The Mulund dumping ground is filled with around 11,20,000 tonnes of municipal garbage and this will process over a period of six years,” said the official. In the first year, around 11 lakh (16%) waste will be processed and subsequently, waste processing will be increased. “In the fifth and sixth year, around 123 lakh MT waste will be processed,” he added.
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