Five months after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) came up with a circular to enforce segregation of waste among citizens, it is yet to implement the rule that also calls for punitive action.
While micro-planning at all wards has been initiated under the circular to plan routes for dry waste collection, the process is yet to gather pace from there.
Infrastructure such as plying separate collection vans for dry waste and setting up dry waste sorting centres in the city to dispose of such waste has not yet been completely put into place.
“Because of the absence of scientific waste disposal mechanisms, the waste segregation plan has been put on hold at present. The organisation of infrastructure for segregation is not feasible at this stage,” said Prakash Patil, deputy municipal commissioner, solid waste management.
“Therefore, our focus is first on waste disposal and house-tohouse collection only after which emphasis would be laid on ensuring waste segregation,” Patil said.
HT had reported in November last year on how the contracts for providing dry waste collection vehicles in 12 of the 24 wards had not been renewed and how many of the designated dry waste sorting centres in the city were not functional.
Activists, however, said it was unfortunate that citizens lacked civic responsibility to generate less garbage by segregating it.
“Civil society does not segregate waste willingly as there is no deterrent set for them to follow it. The BMC must primarily provide for separate transportation of dry waste for enforcement of its segregation policy to be successful,” said Indrani Malkani, Advanced Locality Management coordinator for D ward.