As the demand for shutting down the Turbhe dumping ground is taking centre stage in Navi Mumbai politics, NMMC has come out all guns blazing.
It has come up with facts and figures to prove that the scientifically developed project is in no way polluting the air and water in the area. It stated that the project is slated to function over the next 50 years to cater to the needs of the city.
The state government had handed over a 65-acre land to NMMC from plot numbers 376, 377, 378 and 379 for solid waste management project, in 2004. Accordingly, the first cell was scientifically readied in 2005. NMMC says a planning of 50 years has been undertaken on the 65-acre land available to take care of the city’s needs.
Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe said, “So far, cells 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been scientifically shut. Cell number 5 is presently functional. It has a capacity to operate for a further period of six months.”
Explaining the scientific treatments undertaken, Mundhe said, “In cells 1, 2, 3 and 4, gas wells are put and landfill gas (LFG) is collected. In the flaring unit, the gas is burnt at the height prescribed by the MPCB. This leads to methane changing to carbondioxide. This helps reduce the carbon content in the environment by 21 times.”
He added, “The leachate that is produced in the cell is treated at the leachate treatment plant set up there itself as per CPCB norms. It can then be released in the rain water drain. However it is reused in the fertilizer project on windrows. Therefore the fertilizer generation process too is speeded up. LFG and leachate do not end up getting mixed in the natural resources and the environment too is not adversely affected.”
Giving details of the checks in place, Mundhe informed, “Electronic air quality monitoring system has been put up at the landfill site to verify the environment quality in the area. The reports are submitted to MPCB on a daily basis. It is also displayed at the main entrance of the landfill site.”
He stated, “The air and water quality at the garbage treatment project is regularly checked and it is within the norms specified by CPCB. The regular checks of air and water have ensured that there is no pollution around the project area.”
MPCB has authorised the SWM project here till December 2017. National and international environmentalists, administrators, political, government organisations and several top educational institutions have appreciated the project quality.