With mounting issues with waste-management in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed 13 new segregation centres and five processing centres in the city. The allocation has been made under the Development Plan (DP) budget 2017-18.
The department has allocated Rs3.80 crore for the segregation centres and Rs2.85 crore for the processing centres.
It has also allocated Rs20.51 crore for creating new gardens in the city and Rs26 crore for 18 new schools.
The BMC integrated its 2017-18 budget with the Development Plan (DP) 2034 for the first time by allocating
Rs2,000 crore for works undertaken under the vision document. The municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta has also scheduled a DP review meeting on Friday to check on the progress of these works.
A senior civic official from the DP department said, “All the departments have been called to check the progress of the proposals. We are trying to improve DP 2034 implementation through periodic reviews.” BMC’s track-record with DP implementation has been poor over the decades. BMC implemented only 18% of the DP 1964 and 33% of DP 1991.
With the DP 2034 yet to be passed by the BMC and the state government, the department is working on amenities that can be developed in the municipal plots only.
The department has further allocated Rs3 crore for the markets department, Rs 1 crore for the fire department and Rs 2.88 crores for developing public convenience blocks that is restrooms with facilities.
Currently, the city has 34 waste-segregation centres functioning. This number was increased to 48 recently, however, BMC is yet to appoint NGOs for these 14 new segregation centres. The current centres are handled by NGOs like the Triratna Prerna Mandal and Aakar Mumbai. A senior civic official from the solid waste management department of BMC said that the civic body is in the process of appointing agencies.
The idea of segregation centres is to separate dry waste and recycle it instead of it reaching the dumping ground. Currently, Mumbai generates 9,500 metric tonnes of waste, of which, only 3,000 metric tonnes is processed in Kanjurmarg.
The mounting waste at Deonar and Mulund dumping grounds are a health-hazard for citizens living in the nearby areas.