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DEONAR DUMPING GROUND MIGHT BE PARTIALLY CLOSED BY MCGM

Deonar-1A proposal for partial closure of a portion of the Deonar dumping ground and the conversion of the rest into a scientific waste treatment facility is expected to get the nod from the standing committee. Over 25 lakh citizens residing in the suburban belts of Mankhurd, Chembur, Deonar, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli and parts of Navi Mumbai may finally get to breathe a little more freely. A proposal for partial closure of a portion of the Deonar dumping ground may get te approval at the Standing Committee meet. The Rs3,495-crore proposal, which was earlier rejected by the Sena-led standing committee, was retabled by the municipal commissioner last week, following directives issued by the Bombay High Court, which is hearing a contempt petition filed by Dr Sandeep Rane of the Smoke Affected Residents Forum (SARF) against the BMC for non-implementation of its earlier assurances to reduce air-pollution in the area. The court has given the BMC one final chance to submit a concrete plan for treatment of the waste.

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