The civic body is deliberately allowing large quantities of methane gas to be leaked out of the Deonar dumping ground in order to build a case in favour of allowing the full opening of the controversial Kanjurmarg dump, city-based non-profit organisation Vanashakti has alleged.
With the corporation’s additional commissioner admitting that the work of laying pipelines has not yet begun at the Deonar dump, the organisation severely criticised the civic body for flouting the Municipal Sewage Rules of 200 for over a decade.
“Even today, the BMC doesn’t have the basic requirements for any garbage dump. It is called a leachate drain. This is a drain laid along the pouter boundary where the toxic liquids are collected and drained into a collection taken for treatment. In both the Deonar and Mulund dumps, the leachate flows into the creek water directly. They dont segregate waste, which is mandatory under the MSW rules of 2000. For the past 12 years they have not worked to improve the waste handling,” alleged Stalin D, Project Director, Vanashakti.
He further alleged that the BMC is actively supported by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, which has served them only one prosecution notice for 15 years of violations on Deonar and Mulund dumping ground.
Vanashakti has been pursuing the legal case of alleged inconsistencies in following conditions of environment clearance by the BMC.
“The BMC is doing everything possible to harrass the residents of Deonar so that they can justify their misdeeds in Kanjurmarg. They want to tell the court that Deonar is full and residents are suffering, so they can be allowed to dump garbage in Kanjurmarg,” Stalin added.
When asked what were the possible solutions that the corporation could consider to deal with the problem, Stalin suggested the option of bio-mining. “The BMC must try to use bio-mining at Deonar so that the waste can be degraded and more space can be made available. But they will not do that,” he concluded.