`10 crore for wall at Deonar, Kan­jur­marg `43 crore to process Mu­lund dump waste

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - MUMBAI - Amit Srivastava [email protected]­dia.net Amit Srivastava [email protected]­dia.net

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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A file photo of Deonar dump­ing ground

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