After the road and desilting scams, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will probe its solid waste management engineers for alleged irregularities in the dumping of prohibited debris, instead of municipal waste, at the Mulund landfill.
The BMC has found engineers were hand in glove with contractors who dumped construction material at the site, incurring revenue loss. Civic officials also failed to monitor the breach of contract by contractors, said an official.
As per the dumping contract, debris cannot be dumped at the landfill. The deputy municipal commissioner, solid waste management, will conduct the enquiry, which was ordered by civic chief Ajoy Mehta this week.
The move comes after recurrent instances of blaze at Deonar and Mulund sites.
“Dumping of debris at Mulund will result in loss for the civic body. All machinery and vehicles used should be used to carry municipal waste, but contractors earn by deviously transporting private debris. Only contractors and officials who are in the know are in a win–win situation. The BMC will again have to appoint contractors to dispose of the construction material from the ground. Thus we are paying twice for a single process,” said senior civic official.
The BMC recently floated tenders for a waste processing unit at the Mulund landfill.
According to experts, debris leads to reduction in the calorific value (CV) of the waste, which means less energy generation after processing waste.
The CV is the energy contained in a waste material. The BMC plans to process 30 lakh metric tonnes of waste over three years.
This is the fourth such enquiry against civic officials this year, after desilting, road and building scams.
After complaints about debris being dumped at the site, Mehta had ordered inquiry against the contractors and audit of debris dumped at various locations last year too.
According to a September 2015 survey, the total volume of the existing solid waste at the Mulund dumping ground is approximately 5.35 million cubic metre.