Despite notices to housing societies, BMC yet to provide waste collection vehicles

Waste ManagementBMC is yet to provide seperate dry-waste collection vehicles to the housing colonies.

After threatening to penalise housing societies that did not segregate dry and wet waste, and issuing over 8 lakh notices to them, the BMC is yet to provide seperate dry-waste collection vehicles to the housing colonies.

The cash-rich BMC, with a budget of Rs 27,000 crore, is yet to renew the vehicle contracts that expired in April, last year. These vehicles will be typically sent to collect dry waste from housing societies every day, thus helping citizens' segregate dry and wet waste.

In a circular issued in February last year, the BMC had decided to punish defaulters, who did not undertake 100 per cent door-to-door segregation and collection of waste, by charging them a fine of up to Rs 5,000. The punishment for repeated non-compliance could even result in imprisonment for the defaulting society or the flat owners. The civic administration had assured that by July 2013, it would provide all the required infrastructure for the initiative.

Senior civic officials said additional collection compactors and hi-tech segregation centres were required for the purpose. The BMC had also warned that it would stop accepting mixed waste after July. However, the civic administration is yet to appoint new contractors to provide separate dry waste segregation vehicles to ensure waste segregation at source.

Deputy Municipal Commissioner Prakash Patil said, "We have prepared a proposal to appoint contractors for specific zones to collect dry waste.

However, it awaits the approval from the additional municipal commissioner".

Failure to accomplish 100 per cent waste segregation could make the BMC ineligible for funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Renewal Mission (JNNURM). According to the JNNURM requirements, 100 per cent collection has to be achieved by March 2014 and segregation by 2015.

At present, the city generates 9,200 tonnes of garbage daily. The BMC collects door-to-door waste from around 40 per cent households. Officials said less than two per cent waste was being segregated. "The door-to-door collection of dry and wet waste is expected to reduce the amount of solid waste going to dumping grounds substantially, as dry waste will go to recycling treatment plants," said civic officials.

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