Bhayandar : Hacked off with the unbearable stench emanating from the solid waste plant in Dhavgi village, Uttan, and following the callous attitude of officials towards health hazard it poses, the locals approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and demanded swift action against the unscientific and unregulated disposal of solid waste.

Locals, under the aegis of the Nagri Hakk Sangharsh Samithi (NHSS), filed a petition before Pune Bench of the NGT seeking immediate shifting of the plant and illegal dump yard out of the region.

Just a few years ago, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC), under which the solid waste plant falls, had won accolades for being the first civic body in the state to successfully initiate a garbage recycling project in 2008. However, the plant’s recycle operations ceased in October 2013 and since then the MBMC-deputed contractors are disposing off tonnes of garbage on hillocks near the process plant.

Due to scorching summer heat, garbage dumped on the hillocks emits poisonous methane gas causing severe irritation to eyes and throat and even triggers fires.

“We have filed several complaints with the Pollution Control Board but apart from issuing notices to the civic body, no concrete action has been taken yet. Moreover, the proposal of shifting the yard has remained only on paper,” alleged NHSS member Sunny Gadekar.

Meanwhile, environmental safeguards and approvals under the Municipal Solid Waste Rules for the waste management facility at a 13-hectare plot in Sakwar village have already been obtained by the MBMC. “Process to invite bids for setting up a new plant at Sakwar is complete and we are into the final stages of shifting the project,” said civic chief Achyut Hange.

Suresh Golani

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