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Garbage dumping stalled at Deonar for two days

If your garbage has not been picked up from the last couple of days, blame it on the dispute between the main contractor and sub-contractors in charge of the scientific closure of the Deonar dumping ground. Unloading of garbage at the Deonar disposal site has been halted from the past two days. The reason: Payment issues between the contractors.

mumbai Updated: Feb 24, 2012 02:17 IST
Poorvi Kulkarni

If your garbage has not been picked up from the last couple of days, blame it on the dispute between the main contractor and sub-contractors in charge of the scientific closure of the Deonar dumping ground. Unloading of garbage at the Deonar disposal site has been halted from the past two days. The reason: Payment issues between the contractors.

As a result of this, trucks have been stranded at the spot without being unloaded. The problem multiplied when there was a fire on the site on Thursday.

Raising the issue and demanding an immediate resolution of the issue, leader of the house and Shiv Sena corporator, Sunil Prabhu, said: “Trucks have been stuck inside the dumping ground since the past two days. Spreading of fire has made matters worse. Why

was there no alternative arrangement made for the collection of waste? The administration needs to take account of this.”

Deonar, which is a largely residential area, houses the city’s largest dumping ground that collects more than 4000 tonnes of waste everyday.

Devidas Borse, corporator from M East ward, said: “Unresolved issues between contractors have been creating persistent problems for local residents. The administration should take responsibility for this”.

Pointing out the health concerns of Mumbaikars, Dr Shubha Raul, ex-Mayor and Sena corporator said: “Fires inside the dumping ground have been a recurring problem at Deonar. These fires can cause enormous health hazards to both workers and residents inhaling the air. Preventive measures need to be taken as general health of residents cannot be staked in this manner.”

The civic administration, meanwhile, said that a contingency plan was in plan. Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner, said: “The contractor and the sub-contractors had some payment issues because of which work had stopped. However, we have negotiated between the contractorsand garbage has started to be offloaded again. We have ensured that some garbage is diverted to the Mulund dumping ground. We will step up the collection of garbage on Thursday night and ensure that the situation returns back to normalcy by Friday evening.”