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Residents raise a stink over Kanjurmarg dumping ground

Nikhil M Ghanekar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 02, 2012
First Published: 01:55 IST(2/7/2012) | Last Updated: 01:58 IST(2/7/2012)

Irked with the stench emanating from the recently-opened Kanjurmarg dumping ground, residents of Kanjurmarg, Bhandup and Vikhroli have filed a complaint with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

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A four-fold increase in the amount of garbage being offloaded and the irregular waste treatment by the civic body are to be blamed for the stench emanating from the dumping ground, touted as a scientifically operated landfill.

Since the landfill opened in March, the amount of waste dumped at the site by the BMC has increased from 500 metric tonnes to 2,000 metric tones daily. At present, the landfill is equipped to handle only 500 metric tonnes of waste every day.

According to officials from Anthony Lara Envriotech, the landfill operator, the diversion of additional 1,500 metric tonnes of waste at Kanjurmarg that was previously dumped at the Deonar landfill has made it hard for them to contain the stench.

Sanjay Mohite, civil engineer, Antony Lara Envirotech, said: “Though the Kanjurmarg site is equipped to handle 4,000 metric tonnes, all the plots where waste can be dumped are not yet ready. We will write to the BMC requesting them to bring the load back to 500 metric tonnes.”

Though the rules make it mandatory to treat waste to contain the stench, civic officials said the increase in garbage is making the process of managing waste difficult.

“We missed the February deadline to prepare plots of bio-reactor landfill that will scientifically handle the waste. As the Deonar landfill reached its capacity, we had no option but to divert a huge load to Kanjurmarg,” said Pundalik Awate, executive engineer, solid waste management, BMC, adding that the civic body is likely to send 1,500 metric tonnes back to Deonar landfill.


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