CAG raps Mumbai civic body for wasting money on Deonar, Mulund dumping grounds
The BMC spent the money in getting land cleared for processing plants, only to dump waste againUpdated: Aug 13, 2017 00:51 IST
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) criticised the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for wasteful expenditure at the Deonar and Mulund dumping grounds, and also criticising the state government for not approving the civic body’s proposals to lease land for processing plants.
In a report, the CAG said owing to mismanagement, the BMC wastefully spent Rs56.12 crore in getting land cleared for waste processing plants at the two sites, only to dump waste again as the installation of the processing plants could not take off.
At the Deonar dumping ground, the BMC got an area cleared for the processing plant in December 2011 by shifting 3.27 million cubic metres of existing waste and paid the contractor Rs50.37 crore for the activity, CAG said. Similarly at the Mulund site, according to the CAG report, the BMC paid the concessionaire Rs5.75 crore to clear 3.5ha for a processing plant.
The BMC’s plan was to close the dumping site at Gorai and establish modern scientific processing facilities at Mulund, Kanjurmarg and Deonar. The CAG blamed the government for not giving approvals to lease land to concessionaires at the Deonar and Mulund sites owing to which processing plants could not be set up. Even for the Kanjurmarg site, the government gave an approval belatedly, delaying the installation of the processing plant by 54 months. The project at Kanjurmarg also got delayed as it was mired in litigation. The plant ultimately was commissioned last year and has been handling 3,000 metric tonnes of waste a day.
“As the compost processing plants at Kanjur and Deonar could not be installed, dumping of 3,000 metric tonnes per day of waste continued at Deonar even after March 2015. Consequent on unscientific dumping, a major fire broke out on January 28, 2016,” the CAG report said.
It added, during the joint visit of the Deonar dumping ground in August 2016 with BMC officials, the auditors noticed that none of the prescribed fire safety measures were installed at the dumping ground. The Mulund and Deonar projects are stuck and under a revised tendering process. A BMC official, however, said it is wrong to call this wasteful expenditure. “The project was getting delayed for a number of reasons and to get it started we had to make some investment.”