Mumbai Municipality hires new consultant for managing India’s largest dumping ground

NASA Image: Smoke from the fire which broke out on 28 Jan 2016 at the Deonar dumping ground, Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now be appointing the prominent National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) as consultants to manage waste at the city’s – and country’s – largest dumping ground in Deonar. According to Mid-day, the proposal for the same will be tabled for approval before a standing committee on November 6.

Despite several attempts, the BMC is unable to attract contractors to close the Deonar dumping ground. It first floated the tender for a waste to energy plant back in 2016. Due to various reasons including lack of available technology, no contractors demonstrated interest in the project. Despite several attempts, there has been no progress on the matter. The Bombay High Court gave a ‘last extension’ to continue to dump solid waste at the Deonar dumping ground till December this year.

Picture Credit: NASA, Mumbai oli 2016028, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons

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