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No respite from stench for Mumbai suburb: Adharwadi dump to be shut after rains

The Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation said that the work to shut down the dump yard will only begin after the monsoon ends

mumbai Updated: Apr 18, 2017 15:12 IST
Sajana Nambiar
Sajana Nambiar
Hindustan Times
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Last week, on April 13, the dump yard caught fire for the sixth time in a year.(HT Photo)

Residents living near the Adharwadi dump yard in Kalyan will not get relief from the stench anytime soon, as the process for the closing of the dumping ground will start only after the monsoon.

After the dump yard caught fire in 2016, the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) had assured immediate action to the residents, and told them that the work for shutting down the dump yard would begin soon.

However, the civic body now claims that it will initiate work only after the monsoon.

“Although we have given the work order to a private entity from Surat, it is likely to start only after monsoon. The month of April is about to end; if the closure work is initiated now, it will face hurdles during monsoon,” said an officer from the KDMC solid waste management department, who did not wish to be named.

The civic body has plans to first start the work for developing a Scientific Land filling (SLF) at Umbarde and Barave village as an alternative space to dump the 700 metric tonnes of waste generated in Kalyan-Dombivli area on a daily basis, followed by the closure of the four-acre Adharwadi dumping ground.

“We cannot start the closure work until there is an alternative space for dumping the municipal waste. The work for developing a SLF will start within few days. The entity has started working on the design and other technicalities of the project. Once the monsoon is over, the implementation work will commence,” added the officer.

Last week, on April 13, the dump yard caught fire for the sixth time in a year. The incidents of fire have raised concerns over the safety of the thousands of residents that reside near the dumping ground.

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First Published: Apr 18, 2017 15:05 IST