EVEN as the Bombay High Court’s November deadline to shut Mulund and Deonar dump yards approaches, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is likely to only shut Mulund for now. A top official from the civic body confirmed that the BMC will be filing an affidavit in the HC to this effect soon.
Taking a step further, officials also confirmed that the BMC has invited fresh tenders to begin the waste-to-energy project at the Deonar site. Initiated in 2013, the project has faced bureaucratic delays.
The HC recently rapped the civic body for its waste-management system. It has also stated that if the current situation continues, then if would pass an order restricting further permission being granted to new construction.
A senior civic official said, “We will initiate a scientific process to close down the Mulund dumping ground, but we cannot afford to shut Deonar. In the meantime, we are looking at doubling the waste quantity in Kanjurmarg which will reduce the burden in Mulund and Deonar. This is the only short-term measure we can introduce.”
Recently opened in March, Kanjurmarg is the only site where waste is being processed scientifically. Currently, the ground receives 3,000 metric tonnes of load. BMC is seeking permission from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to increase it by another 3,000 metric tonnes.
The garbage-height at Deonar currently peaks at 30 meters in some parts, while in Mulund, the height has gone upto 22 meters approximately, officials from solid waste management (SWM) department of BMC said.
Mumbai’s total waste generation is approximately 10,500 metric tonnes, of which 3,700 tonnes is sent to the Deonar dumping ground and another 2,600 metric tonnes to the dumping ground at Mulund and 3,000 tonnes to Kanjurmarg. About 1,200 tonnes are debris and silt collected by the corporation on an everyday basis.