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Union environment minister Prakash Javdekar says Deonar fire has been taken very seriously

he central environment ministry would be declaring new solid waste management rules on April 5 this year said union environment minister Prakash Javdekar on Saturday at a seminar on climate change at the University of Mumbai.
Activists however questioned the need for bringing in new rules at a time when the earlier municipal solid waste (management and handling) rules, 2000 had not been adhered too by the Brihanmumbai municipal corporation (BMC).
Javdekar said that the government has taken the entire Deonar dumping ground fire very seriously. “We are declaring new Solid Waste Management (SWM) rules on April 5 and a whole new regime for SWM will come into force. More importantly we are waiting for the report from Tata Consultancy which would outline what exactly should be done with the pile up of 12 million tones of waste generated in the last 50 years after which we will call for another meeting,” said Javdekar.

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