The state government is planning to build a scientifically designed dumping ground.
This decision will come as a relief to the city that generates 10,000 metric tonnes of debris every month that cannot be disposed at the municipal dump because they do not accept construction material.
“We will chalk out a scientific plan for a ground to dump debris. Now we are recycling debris and giving it to companies such as Reliance for its special economic zone,” said Bhaskar Jadhav, minister of State for Urban Development, on Tuesday.
He was replying to a query raised by Bharatiya Janata Party MLC Vinod Tawde who asked if the government has a plan for the growing debris waste considering the massive scale of development in the city.
Several Mumbai projects, including replacing the 109-km of old pipelines which was to be completed in 2008-09, were stuck indefinitely because there was no place to dump the excavated debris.
In 2007, the municipal body had identified a quarrying site on a no-development zone near Dahisar for debris dumping. However, the proposal was run down by corporators citing complaints from locals and its proximity to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
Pointing out debris is being dumped in the MIDC area of Navi Mumbai, Shiv Sena MLC Kiran Pawaskar on Tuesday asked the government if people who illegally dump debris are fined?
“Presently, we are dumping much of it [the debris] in the Navi Mumbai MIDC area with their permission,” said Jadhav. He added that a fine of Rs 5,000 per vehicle is levied for illegally dumping debris. Second-time offenders are fined Rs 10,000 and their vehicles seized, and if caught the third time, the vehicle’s registration will be cancelled.