Mumbai: The solid waste management department (SWM) functioning under the BMC took back a proposal tabled in the standing committee regarding bulldozers being used for lifting waste. For administrative reasons, the proposal needs to be taken back claimed officials of the SWM department. However, councillors of the standing committee slammed the civic body and alleged favouring of contractors.
Rais Shaikh, corporator of the Samajwadi Party, alleged that the BMC owns seven bulldozers but yet not a single bulldozer is at the dumping ground. Thus, we need contractors. “Also, the BMC does not want to close down the Mulund dumping ground,” he further alleged.
Vijay Balamwar, the deputy municipal commissioner of the SWM defended the move and said, “BMC has seven bulldozers out of which three are working and other four require maintenance. Also, everyday 2,600 metric tonnes of waste is dumped in the Mulund dumping ground, which has been brought down to 1,500 metric tonnes now. Eventually this decreases the requirement for bulldozers.