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Maha to have flying squads for tracking e-waste

mumbai Updated: Jul 18, 2010 19:04 IST

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Maharashtra Government would soon appoint flying squads to check the disposal of e-waste, which has hazardous impact on the city's environment.

An announcement in this regard was made by Minister of State for Environment, Sachin Ahir in the Legislative Council last week.

"The flying squads are necessary to monitor disposal of e-waste in the city, as a report released by state pollution board indicates alarming 50,000 tonne of e-waste could be generated per year," Ahir said.

The state has already identified areas having the most e-waste and started the disposal centres at Taloja, Butibori and Ranjangaon near Pune city, he added.

The containers carrying e-waste are being tracked by GPS system to ensure the waste is disposed properly, the minister said.

The Centre has come up with a draft proposal to be converted into an Act for proper disposal of e-waste and invited suggestions and objections on it, he said while replying to a private bill on e-waste moved by Shiv Sena MLC Deepak Sawant.

Sawant said Mumbai generates 20,000 tonnes of e-waste and old computers account for 14,000 tonnes. The rest is generated by old TV sets, washing machines and refrigerators.

However, there is no law to tackle the problem which may increase in future causing lot of problem to the environment, Sawant said.