deonar-2A few months from now, the foul-smelling Deonar, where the country’s largest and oldest dumping ground is located, will close its gates to the city’s garbage. The reason for the partial closure for two years is that it is gearing up for a Rs 5,000-crore makeover. A waste-treatment plant, the biggest such project by MCGM is being set up there. The Deonar dumping ground is soon going to get a makeover. After the plant for scientific treatment of waste comes up, the 71-year-old dump will also earn the BMC carbon credits and help it generate electricity from methane released. Around 4,000 tonnes garbage from the city is dumped there every day. The project being sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission has received environmental and civic clearance. The closure of the dumping ground will take place in two phases: 65 hectares will be closed while the remaining 55 hectares will have a processing plant and sanitary landfill. Presently, of the 132 hectares, 120 hectares is covered by waste haphazardly dumped without treatment.

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