The BMC confirmed a new dumping ground at Mulund even as city activists are planning to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board authorities to discuss the mismanagement of the city’s solid waste.
Thirty-two hectares of land at Mulund, near the Airoli Bridge, has been allocated for solidwaste management. This means that the new proposed dumping ground at Airoli Bridge, and the existing dumping grounds at Kanjurmarg, Chembur and Mulund will take all of the city’s solid waste. The plan is being opposed by locals and Nationalist Congress Party.
Raj Kumar Sharma, who filed a case in the Bombay High Court regarding proper solid waste management in the city, said that segregation was the only solution. “We don’t want dumping grounds. We want scientific processing units and landfills. Only dumping the solid waste is not going to solve city’s problem,” Sharma said, adding that even if citizens segregated dry and wet waste, there was no mechanism to pick up the waste in two vehicles. “The solid waste department has a huge budget, which is being misused. We are going to meet CM with all these issues,” he said. Anant Sutar, NCP Navi Mumbai district chief, has written a letter to chief minister, requesting him to stop the proposed dump yard.
“Already residents from sector 10 and 15 are complaining about the mosquito problem. The proposed dumping ground on the mouth of creek will destroy its ecosystem. The site is just a few metres away from the wetland where flamingos are spotted every year. If BMC forces dumping ground on Navi Mumbai border then we will challenge it in HC soon,” he said. Vijay Chaugule, the Shiv-Sena leader, Navi Mumbai, said, “I am planning to meet the mayor. We want to understand what kind of processing and advanced technology the BMC is going to use at the proposed site.”