The trouble for civic body’s project to dispose of waste at the 40-year-old Mulund dumping site seem to be never ending.
Six months, four extensions and a single bid later, contractors want the tender conditions to be changed and permission to process the entire amount of waste -- 60 lakh metric tonnes.
According to the BMC’s tender conditions, 30 lakh metric tonnes of waste was to be processed over three years on 4 hectares because the civic body feared the contractors will not be able to process the huge amount of waste and will not bid. However, contractors have now demanded permission to the entire amount over five years.
With no firms willing to take the project, the BMC had decided to re-tender for the project in October. “We are deliberating over contractors’ demand to process 60 lakh metric tonnes,” said senior civic official.
Contractors said the current limit is not economically feasible to them as all machinery to be used for processing can be used for five to six years. The illegal dumping of debris at the Mulund landfill is also a reason behind the poor response, sources said. The debris leads to a reduction in the final product and thus a loss to the contractor. The companies will be the sole owner of the final product obtained from processing the waste. The BMC can buy the final product, which can be anything from electricity to compost from the companies.
Mulund is the second largest dumping ground and had reported more than three instances of fire this year. The BMC aims to recover the land after processing the waste. Also, as per the Bombay high court order in February this year, starting from June 30, 2017, the BMC will not be allowed to dump 5,200 metric tonnes of waste daily at its two main dumping sites -- Deonar and Mulund.