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Experts moot waste segregation, Rs 1,000 fine for violators

by April 4, 2016 General

A panel of experts participating in an open session on Sunday on the Deonar garbage crisis emphasised it was critical that citizens segregate dry and wet garbage before it is brought to the dumping ground, and suggested the BMC impose a fine of Rs 1,000 per day on citizens who do not segregate their garbage at home.

The suggestion was made at an open house organised by Pravin Chheda, Leader of Opposition in the BMC, at the RBK International Academy on the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road to discuss the Deonar dumping ground fire and the related garbage crisis.

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam, MLA Aslam Shaikh, Deputy Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) Vijay Ballamwar, environmentalists Rishi Aggarwal, S Balakrishnan, women’s rights activist Jyoti Mhapsekar and V Citizens Action Network (VCAN) managing trustee Indrani Malkani participated in the discussion.

Mr Nirupam called for revolutionary steps in managing Mumbai’s garbage crisis in view of the dumping ground fires impacting the health of citizens.

He shared information about the global best practices in San Francisco, Singapore, and Hong Kong and underlined the need for segregating daily waste.

Hong Kong, for example, does secondary segregation of waste and sells recyclables earning 600 million dollars a year. The rest of the waste is processed at 14 transfer stations and scientifically disposed of, the presentation pointed out.

Mr Aggarwal said if citizens take the initiative to segregate waste, the garbage problem could be substantially reduced in two to three months. He said the BMC should impose a fine of Rs 1,000 per day on citizens or housing societies who do not segregate dry and wet garbage.

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