Mumbai civic body ups ante, gets seven contractors booked for mixing debris with garbage
Since August, the civic body has been undertaking surprise inspections across the city to nab such contractorsmumbai Updated: Sep 12, 2017 10:50 IST
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) got 25 First Information Reports (FIR) registered against seven waste pick-up contractors for mixing debris with garbage that was being transported to the biggest landfill — Deonar. Few more errant contractors are likely to face the music in the coming days.
The mixing of debris with garbage is against the contract as the BMC has banned dumping of debris at its three dumping grounds — Deonar, Mulund and Kanjurmarg. There are separate contractors appointed by civic body to collect and dump the debris at a pre-decided location. The city generates nearly 2,700 metric tonnes of construction waste, debris. The surprise checks also revealed that owing to the mixing of debris, the contractors were submitting inflated figures of the garbage collection, followed by higher charges to the civic body.
Since August, the civic body has been undertaking surprise inspections across the city to nab such contractors. Civic body had then issued show-cause notices.
“This will be followed by more FIRs and also surprise inspections. We are trying to nab the mis-doers and also getting updated information on the stock of the garbage produced and transported to the landfills,” said Vijay Singhal, additional municipal commissioner.
The high quantity of debris at the Mulund landfill was one of the main reasons that the waste processing project at the 40-year old landfill was not getting any responses. Derivable from biodegradable waste, for example, compost has higher resale value as compared to inert waste (debris). The debris leads to a reduction in the final product and thus a loss to the contractor.
BMC has also announce to set up 24 help desks in each ward to promote segregation of waste and provide assistance to those interested. Starting October 2, BMC will stop collecting wet waste from these bulk generators. The bulk generators include those establishments and housing societies having an area of more than 20,000 square meters or those producing more than 100kg wet waste per day. Out of the 5,304 such housing societies and institutions, 234 have already begun segregation.