Deonar’s garbage burden continues to mount

The delay in approval for raising the height of Deonar dumping ground has forced BMC to spread the overflowing garbage across the 128-acre plot.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: August 20, 2013 12:37 am

The delay in approval for raising the height of Deonar dumping ground has forced BMC to spread the overflowing garbage across the 128-acre plot. This is expected to add to the delay in setting up a compost and waste treatment plant on 63 acres of the ground.

While the civic administration had sought permission from Airport Authority of India (AAI) to allow the civic body to increase the height of the Deonar dumping ground from 35 metres to 50 metres in January this year,BMC is yet to receive approval.

“The AAI has asked for details regarding latitudes and longitudes of the dumping ground area to ascertain whether flight movements will be affected. Meanwhile,we are not looking at increasing the garbage dump vertically and are spreading the waste horizontally,” said Mohan Adtani,Additional Municipal Commissioner.

“Although the original plan was to design the garbage dump in a way that it can be accommodated in about 65 acres and then be raised vertically,we are using the complete 128-acre area,including the spot where the compost plant is expected to come up,” he added.

The setting up of a compost plant at Deonar by United Phosphorus (UPL) has been delayed by over two years.

Construction of the plant which will help the civic administration ultimately close the dumping ground and treat waste scientifically has been delayed extensively. The dumping ground – which was ideally supposed to take only 2,000 metric tonnes of waste by now to make way for the composting plant – is still burdened with around 5,000 of the total 7,500 tonnes of the city’s waste.

Meanwhile,work on the Kanjurmarg dumping ground,which was expected to receive and treat over 2,500 metric tonnes of waste,is stuck due to legal tangles. The civic body is now seeking clearance from the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority to allow it to use the bio-reactor technology for treating waste at the Kanjurmarg dumping ground instead of the compost technology as per the agreement of the contract.

“As of now,Kanjurmarg dumping ground cannot accept any waste due to legal issues which has increased the burden on the other two dumping grounds in the city,especially Deonar dumping ground,” said an official.

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