The city is all set to get its first clean and green landfill.
On Monday, the Standing Committee of the civic body cleared a Rs 4,600-crore proposal to develop part of the 82-year-old Deonar dumping ground on scientific lines.
This would mean an end to heaps of garbage, stench and health hazards, bringing relief to more than 25 lakh citizens living in Mankhurd, Chembur, Deonar, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli and parts of Navi Mumbai.
The project includes developing green spots at the site. The scientific method of dumping garbage will also serve as a solution for the waste generated in the future.
The dumping ground at Deonar is spread over 120 hectares. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had proposed dividing the area into two parts — of 65 hectares and 55 hectares. It had suggested that the 65-hectare plot be scientifically closed and the rest be converted into a sanitary landfill through public-private partnership.
Sanitary landfill is a process in which the refuse is deposited in compacted layers, which act as seals. It is largely used to dispose tins, debris and clothes.
Mumbai generates 8,000 metric tonnes of refuse everyday. This is dumped at Deonar, Mulund and Kanjurmarg. The Deonar dumping ground, the city’s largest and oldest, will be able to process about 4,000 metric tonnes garbage a day.
The life of any dumping ground is about 30 years and the one at Deonar has long outlived it. Converting part of it into a scientific landfill means it can be used for another 25 years. “The garbage dumped at Deonar will be 100 per cent segregated. The next step will be segregating garbage at source, which means in households,” said R.A.Rajeev, additional municipal commissioner.
“The proposal needs to implemented urgently as people are suffering,” said Congress corporator Waqarun-nisa Ansari.
The proposal was re-tabled by Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak last week after a high court directives. The court was hearing a petition by Sandeep Rane of the Smoke-Affected Residents Forum. The civic body is expected to furnish a plan for treating waste to the court before July 21.