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Green dumping grounds is city’s new tourist attraction

mumbai Updated: Sep 26, 2009 02:10 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Hindustan Times
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Your city’s dumping grounds-turned-green parks will soon see tourist traffic if the municipal corporation’s plan is cleared.

The corporation will send a proposal to the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation seeking permission to chart out an eco-tour to the city’s three dumps-turned-green zones.

The tour would start from the Mahim Nature Park along the Bandra Kurla Complex, down to the Malad dumping ground, which is now an IT hub and a park, and end at the recently closed Gorai dumping ground.

“We want our citizens to know how the waste they generate has been taken care of and show the world that Mumbai is not a dirty city. We have made progress in eco-friendly ways to manage the waste,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner RA. Rajeev.

The idea, he said, germinated after he and Mayor Shubha Raul visited the 2,200-acre Fresh Kills Park at New York — the world’s largest dumping ground.

Fresh Kills Park is being transformed into reclaimed wetlands — a bird watching haven — a landscaped public park and a soccer ground.

The first stop for Mumbai eco-tour will be the Mahim Nature Park built over a 5-m tall heap of garbage.

Today, it is host to about 38 species of butterflies and over 80 species of birds.

Thrown open to the public in 1992, the nature park has around 200 tree species, many naturally planted by birds and insects.

The next stop would be the 19-hectare dumping ground at Malad, which handled 1,000 tonnes of city’s garbage every day till 2002.

It has now given way to an information technology hub and a garden.

The last stop would be the 50-acre Gorai dumping ground, which handled 2,200 tonnes of waste.

The site, which was closed in December 2007, is being developed into a landfill site for which the civic body has already earned Rs 26 crore from carbon credit.

The ground has been sealed with three layers of plastic, construction rubble and 1 ft of earth on which a huge green expanse of hill slopes overlooking the Gorai creek and the Vipassana Pagoda are taking shape.

“We will charge people to see all this, and the maintenance of these green open spaces will be done through this revenue,” Rajeev said.