The Kanjurmarg dumping ground is spreading its stench all around nearby areas because it didn’t follow the norms of the Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2000, an official report says.
Acting on complaints from Kanjurmarg, Bhandup and Vikhroli residents, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) officials inspected the site and submitted a report to the civic body last week.
They found that the solid waste disposed at the landfill is not segregated and machines used to segregate bio-degradable and non bio-degradable waste lie unused.
The composting facility at the site is yet to be fully operational, although the MPCB had made it mandatory seven months ago, when it cleared the site.
Also, waste at the landfill should be covered with 10 cm of soil to control the stench, another rule the dumping ground’s contractors, M/s Anthony and Lara Envirotech, are breaking.
“A soil cover layer was applied just before the inspection. Only 75% of the waste dumped at the site was covered with soil. The waste has been dumped on a bioreactor landfill cell,” said an MPCB official on the condition of anonymity. The bioreactor landfill is an experimental site and only a small portion of the dump.
The BMC had issued a show-cause notice to the contractors a fortnight ago for not following tender conditions and had asked them to stop taking in waste.