With Kanjurmarg dumping ground shut for over three months owing to lack of infrastructure,residents living near Deonar dumping ground are furious over the additional waste being dumped there.
A signature campaign to protest against this has been started by 250 families in the area. Resident associations plan to pull in more than one lakh families living in slums near the dumping ground to protest against the additional waste.
Authorities should have planned the closure of Deonar dumping ground as most of the citys waste is meant to be dumped at Kanjurmarg. But,in fact,the reverse is happening, said Raj Kumar Sharma,Chembur resident and activist. He added that the increase in waste is delaying the closure of the dumping ground and leading to various health and environment hazards.
During the monsoon,the stench from Deonar dumping ground worsens and is a major health hazard for residents living nearby, said Sanjay Kokane,a resident of Chembur.
Mumbai generates around 6,500 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day and 2,000-2,500 metric tonnes of construction waste (debris and silt). At present,more than 6,000 metric tonnes of waste is dumped at Deonar while the rest is dumped at Mulund dumping ground.
The operators of Kanjurmarg dumping ground are finding it difficult to set up a new cell for dumping waste owing to lack of funds,said a civic official.
The old cell which would treat waste is full and the new cell needs funding,which is difficult as the state has yet not formally signed the lease for the land where the dumping ground is situated, said the official.
Although BMC had been proactive in the closure of Gorai dumping ground in the western suburbs where the property prices are substantially high,neither BMC nor politicians are interested in closing Deonar dumping ground as property rates are not as high, alleged Sharma.
However,deputy municipal commissioner Prakash Patil said,Deonar dumping ground has been forced to accept additional waste,but it is not affecting the closure process of the dumping ground .