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Deonar dumping ground fire: Inquiry panel submits report to resolve waste disposal issues

The committee has also recommended that ragpickers should not be allowed on dumping sites. It also suggested collecting a “user fee” from people who produce waste.

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The report said there were many laws and regulations for processing waste in Japan. It is mandatory for everyone who produces garbage to set up a processing plant. (Source: Express Photo by Vasant Prabhu/ File)

THE committee that probed the fire at Deonar dumping ground has recommended various measures, including adopting the Japanese model of garbage disposal, charging user fee and barring ragpickers on dumping grounds, to resolve the garbage disposal issues in Mumbai.

The 219-page report, submitted recently to BMC chief Ajoy Mehta by Deputy Municipal Commissioner Kiran Acharekar, has suggested various measures, from controlling fires to managing garbage disposal.

The probe was ordered after a fire broke out on January 28 which raged for a week and was also captured on the NASA satellite image.

The report said there were many laws and regulations for processing waste in Japan. It is mandatory for everyone who produces garbage to set up a processing plant.

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“So, the responsibility of garbage disposal does not lie with urban local bodies. If the BMC implements the laws existing in Japan regarding waste processing, the waste issue of Mumbai can be easily solved. It will also help to solve the issue of e-waste,” said the report.

The committee has also recommended that ragpickers should not be allowed on dumping sites.

“Their help can be taken at the ward level. All the NGOs working for ragpickers should be roped in at ward levels to ensure that the waste which can be processed does not go to the dumping ground,” says the report.

It also suggested collecting a “user fee” from people who produce waste. 

The civic body can levy user fee on events such as marriages, entertainment programmes, meetings or rallies and festivals where waste is produced.

The chief fire officer and the chief disaster management officer should prepare a disaster management plan to deal with such dumping ground fires. A fire alarm system and five watch towers should be set up, the report says.

Some other recommendations that come up in the report — installing CCTVs, creating internal access roads, construction of protection wall around the dumping ground — have already been undertaken by the municipal body.