Admitting that serious problems are plaguing the city’s solid waste management system, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now decided to form a technical advisory committee (TAC), consisting of independent experts, to chart out a roadmap for the three dumping grounds in the city — at Deonar, Mulund and Kanjurmarg.
Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner, said: “We will form the TAC in the next three days. It will study the progress at the dumping grounds and submit its recommendations to us on the next step.”
Sources said that the committee would consider scraping contracts of private contractors in charge of the three dumping grounds. The decision to form the committee, comprising independent experts from institutes like Indian Institute of Technology and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute along with activists, was taken at a meeting on Thursday.
As the first step toward punitive action, the BMC has decided to stop all payments made to Anthony Lara Enviroclean Private Ltd, the contractor in charge of the Kanjurmarg dumping ground. Pending payments to the company will also be cancelled. Civic sources say the BMC owes nearly Rs9 crore to the contractor from March, when the dump was commissioned.
Citing unsatisfactory progress, the BMC has also decided to temporarily halt dumping operations at the ground till the company assures the civic body that no stench would arise from the ground. Civic officials said the company had, at the time of bagging the contract, assured the BMC of the same.
Anthony Lara Enviroclean, however, has ruled out any assurance. “We had promised that there will be no odour, and we are taking all efforts to ensure that the odour is reduced to the maximum extent possible. However, there will be some stench at the time of unloading the garbage from the vehicles and it is not possible to eliminate it.”
Adtani ruled out giving any timeframe to contractors to make progress at the three dumping grounds. “We have instructed them to complete all pending works as soon as possible. We will not give them any more extension as we cannot trust their word anymore.”