Mumbai: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday announced in the legislative assembly that the government will not provide land to any municipal corporations in the State for dumping garbage. He said that land will be allotted only on the condition of scientific landfilling of the garbage.
The chief minister was replying to NCP leader Ajit Pawar’s query on the issue of garbage dumping it in Aurangabad. He added that in nine months, the dumping site in Aurangabad will be closed and scientific landfilling will begin. Till the time, three spots had been identified for temporary dumping.
Garbage collected from Aurangabad city is being dumped near Naregaon from last three decades, but now the locals are up in arms, demanding closure of the dumping ground as it is giving rise to myriad problems including health issues.
Pawar said, “There is a cleanliness drive going on in the country but Aurangabad is facing a garbage problem. People are opposing the dumping dumping grounds near residential areas.”
Local MLA Imtiaz Jalil supported the issue raised by Pawar. He said, “Why the people have to suffer for not getting land to dump the garbage when it is the government’s responsibility?”
Answering the question raised by Pawar, Fadnavis said that three sites have been identified but the locals are opposed to these sites.
“A petition has been filed in the Mumbai high court. There will be a time-bound programme for dumping of garbage and scientific landfilling will be done there,” said Fadnavis.
“The government has informed the court that it is ready to provide funds for the landfill site and in six to nine months, the dumping site will be closed and garbage will be processed in a scientific manner. The current dumping site will be cleaned with the process of bio-mining,” he said.
In future, no land will be allotted to municipal corporations for dumping garbage. “In Pune, the corporation has started an energy project at the dumping site. Other corporations will also be asked to follow the path and the government will help the civic bodies,” he said.
In six to nine months, the dumping site will be closed and garbage will be processed in a scientific manner. The current dumping site will be cleaned with the process of bio-mining.
— Devendra Fadnavis