BMC Goes After Housing Societies Not Treating Waste
When the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) last year decided not to collect wet waste from bulk generators under the provisions of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, it set an October-2 deadline. The BMC made it mandatory for housing societies and commercial establishments that generated over 100 kg of daily waste to build facilities inside of their own premises to treat the waste. The rule also applied to establishments spread over an area exceeding 20,000 square metre. What followed was a great deal of confusion and fuss, forcing the civic body, which aimed to lessen the burden on its three waste dumping sites at Deonar, Mulund and Kanjurmarg, extended the deadline to January 3 this year.
While the three grounds saw the amount of dump getting reduced to 7,100 metric tomme (mt) daily from 9,600 mt after the launch of the new rule, compliance rate has been low. Of the 3,365 bulk generators, only 1,064 are segregating and processing waste while 676 have sought extension from the BMC to set up a waste treatment facility. The remaining went silent on the issue. This has prompted the BMC launch into action, especially against those who have decided to stay silent.
According to media reports, the civic body, the richest in the country, has lodged FIRs (first information report) against 18 housing societies and commercials setups over non-compliance of its order. It has also sent prosecution notice to another 1,317 bulk waste generators for the non-compliance. Members of the housing societies and commercial establishments against whom an FIR has been lodged are looking at a jail term of up to two years or a fine of Rs 50,000.
It is relevant to note here that Mumbai, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization, is the fourth most polluted city in the world, with PM10 levels in the city air hitting 104 mpcm in 2016.