If sources are to be believed, the countdown for a new and scientific garbage dump on the city outskirts has begun. Time is running out fast as the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has been given a deadline of July-end.
As reported earlier, principal secretary (Urban Development Department) Shreekant Singh had submitted an affidavit and an action plan in the Bombay High Court on behalf of 53 municipal councils and corporations, including AMC, during March and April, 2013.
Following this, the High Court asked the State Government to formulate an action plan for tackling the issue of illegal garbage dumping across the State. The court also warned of taking departmental action or initiating contempt proceedings, if the task of identifying and acquiring land for garbage disposal is not completed within a specific period.
The action plan (submitted in April 3) has to be settled in three months, excluding two weeks time given for identifying the ideal land, which is due in July, an AMC source said.
Accordingly, the AMC has identified a suitable land and placed a demand for the allotment of 50 acres of land with the District Collectorate. The Urban Development Department has also been intimated in this regard.
"After possession of the land, the first priority of the AMC will be to implement the municipal solid waste management rules of the State Government. A processing unit will be set up and scientific methods adopted to dispose of garbage at the new dump. The main focus will be on generating energy from trash," the source said.
Notably, in 2003, a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the High Court demanding shifting of the existing garbage dump at Naregaon. Dry garbage has been posing threat to flights passing from this area. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) had played an active role in filing this PIL. The AMC has been dumping garbage at Naregaon for the past 30 years.
The AMC had scouted for ideal land for shifting this dump at several places, including Naigaon, Gandheli, Karodi, Pokhari. But, land at Naigaon was not accessible, Gandheli site came under special economic zone (SEZ), while gram panchayats at Karodi and Pokhari raised objections to the proposal of the dump. This is the reason why the authorities are not revealing the new site they have zeroed in on. After identifying the site, the AMC and AAI officials inspected it for their clearance in May-June.
To know the status of the project, this scribe contacted BoT chief Syed Sikander Ali and incharge of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) cell Dr Jaishree Kulkarni, but they refused to comment on it. 400 metric tonnes of garbage is disposed daily
The AMC disposes of around 400 metric tonnes of garbage by 150 trucks every day at Naregaon dump. Garbage is collected in 1,500 bins (of the capacity of 240 litres each), 276 containers (of 1,100 litres each) and 60 skip loader bins, while the transportation is done through seven giant-size skip loaders, 29 trucks, 21 tippers, 16 tractors and 15 autorickshaws.