MORE than 200 residential and commercial properties have submitted applications to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) asking for an extension of the deadline of October 2 for collection of solid waste from bulk generators in the city. The decision to allow an extension of up to three months was announced by the Municipal Commissioner, Ajoy Mehta, on September 18 after corporators from the BJP, the Congress and Samajwadi Party demanded that the deadline be relaxed.
An official from the Solid Waste Management department said: “We will assess the applications and mostly allow an extension. However, no such relaxation will be granted to the remaining 3,110 bulk generators who did not reply to the notices issued or have requested for any extension.”
Last month, the civic chief had said in cases where a residential society or a commercial building is facing genuine difficulty in installing a waste processing unit on the premises, individual applications to the BMC could be sent seeking a maximum extension of three months. Of the total 202 applications from the 24 administrative wards in the city, the highest number of applications have come from D ward that includes areas like Malabar Hill, followed by G North ward that has areas like Dadar and Mahim.
Officials from the Solid Waste Management department said that while 202 applications have sought extension, 328 compositing pits have started functioning, largely in residential complexes, and they have a cumulative capacity of processing 121.6 metric tonnes of waste. An attempt to make it compulsory for commercial properties and residential societies to process their own solid waste has been taken up by the BMC owing to the Bombay High Court’s directions of de-centralising solid waste management and start waste-to-energy projects at each of the dumping grounds.
Since the BMC won’t be able to begin either of the two projects at Mulund and Deonar dumping grounds this year, it has taken up several steps to reduce the daily output of waste being generated by the city that is taken to the three dumping grounds.