With complaints about lack of urgent action on the BMC’s part leading to a conflagration at the Deonar dumping ground again on Wednesday, Congress corporators attended the budget presentation wearing oxygen masks as a sign of protest.
Congress corporators wore the mask through the duration of the meeting of the Standing Committee. Devendra Amberkar, leader of the Opposition in the BMC, said, “The fire in Deonar dumping ground has led to an increase in air pollution and this is BMC’s responsibility. But the civic administration is not willing to do anything about it. Many of the measures that were promised later should have been there right from the start.”
Promising long-term measures, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta stated that the BMC would ensure that such incidents do not recur, either at Deonar or at other dumping grounds.
“We will have to build better roads inside, construct walls as well as install CCTV cameras. We are also planning to set up a small establishment to fight fires that may break out,” he said.
The BMC has already rolled out plans to ensure scientific closure as well as a waste to energy project at the Deonar dumping ground. The new budget also made an allocation of Rs 28 crore for mega waste processing projects.