While the whole city was busy playing Holi on Thursday, Bhandup resident Dinesh Pawar had to take his two daughters to a general physician after they suffered regular bouts of vomiting.
Pawar blames the stench from the Kanjurmarg landfill for his children’s sickness. “For the past two days, my children have been complaining of nausea and vomiting. The doctor told me to keep the windows shut and spray perfume twice a day. I tried that but the situation gets worse, especially during the night,” he said.
People staying in suburbs like Vikhroli and Bhandup, too, have complained about the smell.
On Thursday, environment group Vanashakti filed a complaint with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which manages the dumping ground. They have also sent letters to the state environment secretary and the pollution control board to solve the problem. “The air is filled with stench from the Kanjurmarg dumping ground. The hazardous and toxic environment prevails all through the night in the eastern suburbs,” said Stalin D, project director, Vanashakti.
The ground currently gets 3,000 of the 10,000 metric tonnes of waste produced by Mumbai.
Officials from the civic body, denied there was excessive stench at the dumping ground. “False claims are being made by people with vested political interests. The foul smell does not spread to more than 15m away from the site. The state level environmental impact assessment committee, under the state environment ministry, conducted a surprise check at the site and found no violation,” said a senior official from the solid waste management department of BMC.