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Pali Hill Residents May Soon Put Waste To Better UsePali Hill in Bandra is ready to inaugurate waste-to-energy plant that would convert 800kg wet waste into biogas to light up street lights and bulbs. The wet waste will be collected from 78 buildings and 23 bungalows and would be treated in the plant, saving at least Rs 8-10 lakh annually. The project site has been provided by the BMC while the funding is done by Pali Hill Residents Association.
SC Lifts Construction Ban In Greater Mumbai; New LanAfter a year-long ban on real estate construction in Greater Mumbai, the Supreme Court (SC) has finally allowed construction of new projects for the next six months. The order has come as a big relief for the developers in the city as projects worth Rs 2,000 crore were stuck since March 2016, owing to the order.
BMC Goes After Housing Societies Not Treating WasteThe BMC has lodged FIRs against 18 housing societies and commercials setups over non-compliance of its order making it mandatory for bulk generators to treat waste in their own premises. 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.
Submit Debris Dumping Plan Before Taking ConstructioFollowing a fire in Deonar dumping ground in 2016, the Mumbai High Court had banned new constructions and asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to devise a debris management plan. The BMC has now asked the developers to submit a debris dumping plan before the authority for seeking No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for construction. The developers will be required to identify a dumping site before starting the construction which will be inspected by the BMC and mentioned in the Intimation of Disapproval Certificate (IOD). Builders who generate small quantities of debris are exempted from this new rule.
Are Zero-Waste Cities Possible?India generates about 60 million tonnes of trash every year. A proper mechanism needs to be in place to dispose what has been swept from homes and streets. Proper segregation of waste at homes is the first step in this regard. On December 12, 2017, the SC had written to all the states and union territories regarding solid waste management. The court had earlier expressed concern over the deaths due to vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya and said that lack of waste management was the cause of several lives being lost across the country.