With the scientific closure of the Gorai dumping ground almost over, residents in the area, who had been troubled by the gases and stench from the ground, are now looking forward to a green belt. MCGM officials too are seeking to make hay of the project, which will earn them carbon credits. The ground’s scientific closure – the first of its kind in India – involves advanced capping technology in which layers of earth, gravel and impermeable material will be used to seal the dump. A 1-m high and 7-m deep concrete wall has been built to prevent leachate (the liquid that drains or leaches out from a landfill) from being drained into the nearby creek. A storm water drain network has been constructed to carry the leachate to a process tank. While gases like methane will be provided outlets to escape, there could be a provision to generate power from it. Once the grass is laid and the mangroves planted, the garden will be thrown open to people. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Ashok Jagtap for NMTV News.