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MCGM STANDING COMMITTEE AND ADMINISTRATION LOGGER HEADS OVER CLOSING DEONAR DUMPING GROUND

deonarThe 16-member MCGM standing committee and the civic administration are again at loggerheads after the committee called for a new round of bids for the project to close the Deonar dump. The committee has effectively rejected the Rs 5,500-crore bid approved by the administration, delaying the much-needed project by another year. Mumbai generates 10,000 tons of waste a day, 70% of which is taken to the saturated Deonar ground. The project would scientifically close half the ground and make the other half a sanitary landfill. The same Public Private Partnership (PPP) model was to be repeated at Mulund and Kanjurmarg, helping ease the city’s garbage woes tremendously. The standing committee that rejected the proposal was, ironically, the same committee that earlier entrusted IL&FS with the responsibility of coming up with a solution for managing the city’s garbage. IL&FS came up with the PPP model the standing committee approved. Dejected civic officials on Tuesday said that despite giving hundreds of pages of explanation on the Deonar project, the standing committee held it back because it wants a model free of a tipping fee. The bid chosen by the civic administration asks for a fee of Rs 550 per 1,000 tons. They stated that even Europe and US, do not approve of

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