Written by Sanjana Bhalerao
The BMC has issued notices to developers of 138 construction projects for submitting forged documents or expired permissions in relation to using sites to dump debris. Of the developers, 34 had submitted forged documents and 104 had submitted invalid lists of dumping sites that they were using.
The BMC started issuing the notices from March and till October, notices were issued to 138 projects. In 2016, the Bombay High Court had banned new construction in Mumbai due to rampant unauthorised dumping of debris in the city’s landfills. In March, the Supreme Court lifted the ban for a period of six months with some riders.
Some of the main conditions were that no construction-related debris would be carried to the Deonar or Mulund dumping grounds and that construction debris would be disposed of in a specified manner. The order was later extended to be in effect till November 23.
Following the order, builders have to submit No-Objection Certificates from a landowner who has permitted debris to be dumped on his plot, only after which the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Department of the BMC issues an NOC.
After this, the Building Proposal Department issues further clearances. Developers are supposed to dump debris only at designated spots.
Vishwas Shankarwar, the deputy municipal commissioner in charge of the SWD department, said: “It is the builders’ responsibility to come up with new sites (as dumping areas). Only after we inspect the site and find it suitable will they be given the go-ahead.”
None of the builders was available for a reaction.
The Supreme Court’s March order had mandated that builders will be permitted to start construction only after undertaking proper disposal of debris as part of the Intimation of Disapproval (IOD) process and submitting a bank guarantee of a sum between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 50 lakh. Builders have identified seven new sites that are valid till 2019.
Earlier, 15 sites had been identified, but these have now reached the limits.
The BMC has also included a condition that all vehicles transporting debris should be properly covered and cleaned to avoid littering of waste on the road.