It was the High Court’s second step towards modernisation.
On Tuesday, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud viewed in his courtroom, a Powerpoint presentation on the ‘Deonar dumping project’. It was made by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Instead of filing more papers in the matter, the civic body made the presentation.
The project aims at reducing dumping at the 75-year-old landfill site.
The BMC’s counsel, KK Singhvi, told the court that they would close 65 hectares of the dump site urgently. The remaining 55 hectares would be used to set up a plant to recycle waste. The court told Singhvi to set a time frame for the same.
“Let’s fix a tentative deadline of 18 months. It’s a reasonable amount of time,” said Justice Chandrachud.
The court had formed a team to suggest ways to decentralise the garbage disposal process and to suggest alternative steps for garbage disposal, instead of dumping at Deonar or Kanjurmarg.
Dr Sandeep Rane, member of the Smoke Affected Residents’ Forum, which has taken up the cause to ensure that the largest landfill site is closed for dumping waste, told the court that the core team had met once and would meet again soon to discuss decentralisation of dumping sites.