A week after the Hindustan Times reported how silt from the city’s nullahs was lying on roadside’s with the civic body running out of space to deposit it, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now decided to the streamline the disposal system and has now decided to use an additional dumping ground for dumping silt.
The BMC, which had initially decided not to use the Deonar dumping ground to dump silt, has reversed its decision. Silt from the island city’s nullah will be deposited there. The civic body had earlier decided to use the Mulund dumping ground and a 20-acre plot at Malad, allotted specifically for the purpose by the collector.
However, after the space available for dumping the silt on these plots proved to be grossly inadequate, the BMC was forced to add the Deonar dumping ground.
On May 9, HT had reported that even though only 30% of the city’s nullahs have been desilted so far, but the BMC has run out of space to dump the silt and civic officials are now scouting for alternative plots.
This raised a question mark on the rain-readiness of the city, as the silt, if lying on the side of the roads, can find its way back into the drains during the monsoon.
Confirming the decision, additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani said: “We wanted to streamline the system of dumping silt. “By sharing the disposal of silt between these three dumping yards, we are hoping that contractors are able to dispose of silt quickly and more efficiently,” he added.
The civic body, meanwhile, has decided not to dump any more garbage at the Deonar ground.
Instead, the 2,000 metric tonnes that the ground receives will now be sent to the recently commissioned dumping ground at Kanjurmarg.
The civic bodywas forced to take this step, as the height of garbage piling up at the Deonar dumping ground became a cause of concern.
The civic body had to request the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to allow it to raise the height, which, sources said, was more than 114 feet.
Last year, the BMC removed 3.97 lakh cubic metres of silt from the nullahs by May 31.