BMC to take another three years for waste-to-energy plant at Deonar dumping ground
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is likely to take another three years to set up a waste-to-energy plant at the Deonar dumping ground even as a Bombay high court (HC) deadline of not dumping waste in Deonar and Mulund from June, 2017 looms over it.mumbai Updated: Apr 21, 2017 01:17 IST
The city’s waste problems are not going to be solved soon. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is likely to take another three years to set up a waste-to-energy plant at the Deonar dumping ground even as a Bombay high court (HC) deadline of not dumping waste in Deonar and Mulund from June, 2017 looms over it. Senior civic officials said they are likely to file an affidavit seeking an extension from the court soon.
In 2016, the HC had put a ban on new construction in the city, until BMC increases its waste treatment capacity. BMC had been asked to augment waste treatment capacity to at least 11,000 tonnes per day by June 30, 2017.
Of the 9,500 metric tonnes of waste that the city generates, Deonar receives 23.50% of it, according to BMC’s recent environment status report. Senior civic officials said that the commissioning of the plant to recycle waste will in itself take another year.
BMC aims to process 3,000 metric tonnes of waste at Deonar through the waste to energy plant, generating 25-30 megawatt of energy. The plant will be functional for 25 years. A senior civic official from the solid waste management department of BMC said, “The work at Deonar is progressing but the magnitude and the scope is huge. We will have a meeting with our counsel on filing an affidavit soon.”
Post the constant fire incidents in 2015, BMC had also come up with short-term and long-term measures which are yet to be completed on-ground. Officials said that these measures are likely to be completed before monsoon sets in.
Of the 40 CCTV cameras to be installed, BMC has acquired all, but installed only 4-5. Of the 11 watch towers to be built, eight have been completed and 20-25 temporary vent pipes have been installed. One of the biggest measures — to build a compound wall near the creek is yet to be started. The wall will be built in 18 months at a budget of Rs5 crore once the work orders are issued, officials said.
The department is also in the process of procuring 11 special fire tenders for both Mulund and Deonar dumping grounds. Five of these fire tenders are operational at Deonar while two are stationed in Mulund, officials added.