The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will shut down the Mulund dumping ground in October.
Every day around 2,000 metric tonnes of waste is dumped in the Mulund Dumping. Now the dumping ground is going to shut down, which means the locals will get a relief from the bad odour.
No alternative sites for dumping have been provided by the BMC until the new site will be finalised, the waste will be diverted to Deonar and Taloja dumping which already collects collectively 7,000 metric tonne waste each day.
While the state government has assured the BMC of new sites for dumping grounds, one is at Airoli and the other at Taloja, but these plots are in the ownership dispute. Two years ago, the state had identified a 52-hectare plot at Taloja and a 32-hectare plot in Airoli.
The land which has been identified as an alternative plot for dumping at Airoli is in dispute between the state government and the salt department. The other identified plot which is at Taloja is for rehabilitation issues.
The High Court has already ordered the state government to provide alternate sites for dumping.
BMC has alloted the contract of Land reclamation of 24 hectares of Mulund Dumping to a Nashik based company. The Rs 588 crore project will involve clearing 70 lakh metric tonnes of waste. After processing the waste, BMC will be able to use the land for public amenities or as an open space.
The process will take five years to neutralise the ground’s toxicity, as there is the presence of metals like mercury and lead in the dump site.
Nevertheless, people residing beside the dump yard will breathe a sigh of relief, as the dump yard is going to shut down forever. This is the result of many protests, petitions filed in the court by the activists regarding the adverse effect of the dump yard around the residential area.