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