The civic administration on Monday deferred the mandatory segregation of waste by two years to March 2015 citing inadequate infrastructure, a decision which was panned by corporators who said it reiterates the crisis in the functioning of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which spends a large amount of public funds for solid waste management every year.
The city generates 9,200 tonnes of garbage daily.
HT had reported on Monday how the civic body had pointed to absence of waste treatment mechanisms for putting on hold its own circular of February 2, which called for enforcing waste segregation among residents by July.
Raising the issue at Monday’s general body meeting, Congress corporator Saida Khan said:
“The BMC has made spending of public money of crores of rupees on solid waste management a business.
Tender irregularities that have come to the fore in the dumping ground contracts are proof of this.”
An expenditure of around Rs1,617 crore was incurred on solid waste management in 201213 and a budget of Rs1,913 crore has been allocated this fiscal for the purpose.
“And until we segregate, scientific waste-to-gas and waste-to-energy technologies would not work. In spite of all the rules being in place to enforce segregation and raise awareness about it, the BMC has severely lacked in the implementation aspect,” Khan said.
Presently, dry waste collection vans are plied in only 12 of the 24 wards and only 12 dry waste sorting centres are operational.
Additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar, who presented the two-year phased plan of the civic administration, said: “There are 3 stages at which segregation takes place – collection, transportation and disposal. While segregation at source and house-to-house collection would be implemented by March 2014, separate disposal and treatment mechanisms for dry and wet waste would be put in place by March 2015.”