Serious health hazard being experienced due to emission of toxic gases caused by fire at Deonar dumping ground.

Mumbai - Deonar dumping ground - One of Asia's largest and oldest dumping grounds is overflowing with 20 storey high garbage mounds. The garbage catches frequent fires, major and minor, right through the year. This emits toxic gases through the year over Mumbai, exposing the Mumbaikars to serious and fatal health issues. Despite being a century old, it is still in use, far having outlived the recommended life of 25 to 30 years of usage for any site for dumping garbage. And it is in the midst of thickly populated suburbs of Mumbai. Mumbai is breathing toxic air and it's citizens are gasping. The government and the administrative establishment are unfazed and unwilling to SHUT down the dumping ground, which is operating beyond its capacity and expiry date. ACT NOW, do your precious bit, save the Mumbaikar. A BUTTON CLICKED is a VOICE HEARD. AN EMAIL SENT is an ACTION DEMANDED.

The Response

A Gassed Mumbaikar

The Hon'ble CM of Maharashtra,
The Municipal Commissioner of BMC,
The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board,
The National Human Rights Commission,
The National Green Tribunal,
The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Dear Sirs,

The Deonar Dumping Ground in Mumbai is a century old, one of Asia's largest dumping grounds that is still in use. There are frequent fires in the ground, and it emits toxic gases like Dioxin, heavy intensity smoke and very strong stench. Such occurrences, through the year, have had a significant daily impact on the Air Quality of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai areas, and every citizen has been deprived of the basic right of clean air to breathe.

Hon'ble CM of Maharashtra, we request your immediate intervention to pass these orders:

1. Shut down the Deonar dumping ground with immediate effect

2. Start Scientific closure of the site with immediate effect

3. Hand over possession to the BMC, of an alternate site for garbage dumping immediately, without any further delay, keeping in mind the best interests of your citizens. This alternate site should be of a sufficient size and scale as would be required to replace the Deonar dumping ground.

We hope you will oblige and provide your citizens with the right to have clean air to breathe.

Municipal Commissioner of BMC, we request you to immediately action the following:

1. Absolutely secure and complete fencing of the Deonar dumping ground immediately.

2. Scientific closure of the Deonar dumping ground immediately.

3. Provide adequate fire fighting infrastructure at the Deonar dumping ground, for quick identification and dousing of any fire on the site with immediate effect

4. To immediately adopt scientific solid waste management process for all dumping grounds in operation across the city

5. To adopt waste segregation at the household, district, waste collection and dumping site levels with immediate effect.

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, we urge you to take the following steps immediately:

1. Impose and follow through on penal actions on all responsible agencies and authorities, private and public for the extreme danger that the Mumbaikar has been put through due to non compliance of scientific solid waste management over these years.

2. Act without delay in penalising future mishaps

National Human Rights Commission, we urge you to:

1. Publish the consequences of having an unscientifically handled dumping ground of the scale of the Deonar dumping ground in the middle of thickly populated suburbs.

2. Initiate penal action against all concerned for depriving the Mumbaikar of the right to clean air to breathe.

National Green Tribunal, we urge you to:

1. Execute your responsibility of ensuring that the damage caused to the environment is penalised, and swift corrective measures are taken ,within the ambit of your powers, to salvage what is left ..

2. After the shifting of the dumping ground, begin an afforestation/greenification progam in situ.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan establishment, we urge you to:

1. Ensure the city of Mumbai gets a Solid Waste Management system that does not endanger the life of the Mumbaikar.

2. Ensure that the commercial capital of India does not boast of a century old, badly handled dumping ground right in the heart of thickly populated suburbs.

MumbaiPollution.in is Mumbaikars plea for his right to breathe clean air.
Toxic gases are released into Mumbai's atmosphere by regular fires in one of Asia’s largest garbage dumping grounds at Deonar, a Mumbai suburb. Endangering Mumbaikars lives.

SAFAR Air Quality Index (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) during the recent fire, from the 27th of January, 2016.

  • Mumbai – 304 – Very Poor
  • Delhi – 177 – Moderate
  • Pune – 139 – Moderate
  • Hyderabad – 87 – Good
  • Chennai – 47 – Good
  • Kolkata – 134 – Moderate
Established in 1920,across 326 acres and managed by the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation), it is one of Asia’s oldest garbage dumping grounds.

This is a non fenced, open dumping ground. There is no implementation of solid waste management at the site.

The garbage mound at the site is almost 20 storeys high.

Garbage is burnt by :
  • Ragpickers – To extract metallic scrap which is in turn sold to make money.
  • Internal Combustion - The methane generated by tonnes of mixed garbage, rotting in the open, helps fuel the fires.
  • Theory of wilful burning - by authorities to create space to accommodate more garbage in the already overflowing site.
When there is a fire, plastics get burnt releasing a toxic chemical called dioxin, a known human carcinogen.

Elderly and children bear the brunt of heart, lung and respiratory ailments.

Unborn babies may be at risk due to the inhalation of these gases by pregnant mothers.

Over the long term, the entire population of Mumbai is vulnerable to diseases like cancer.

Budget of INR 4408 Cr allocated in 2009, to scientifically close the dump, but no work started yet, after 7 years.

Contractor appointed despite blatant irregularities in the tendering process.

BMC’s priority agenda items DO NOT list this as a priority year after year, the top 3 priority items for BMC in FY 2015-16 listed as Mumbai Coastal Road Project (INR 12,000 Cr), Goregaon – Mulund Link Project (INR 1,300 Cr ), Veermata Jijabai Udyan and Zoo Revamp (INR 325 Cr).

The BMC does not have a scientific Solid Waste Management in place.

No result oriented action or penal action from the Maharashtra Pollution Control board despite many incidents of fire.

Despite having decided on New land allocation, to shift the site away from the thickly populated suburbs, the State Government has not yet implemented the same.

Immediately shut the Deonar dumping ground as there is no mechanism to prevent fires and no system to quickly extinguish the fire.

The ground is situated close to residential areas, hospitals and schools.

Shift the dump to a new site that will not endanger human lives, adopt scientific Solid Waste Management process to treat the waste at the new site.

The citizens of Mumbai are in terrible danger, they are sitting on a ticking time bomb.

Save the life of the Mumbaikar by supporting this campaign to shut the Deonar dumping ground.