mgm1MCGM WANTS NEW TECHNOLOGY TO DISPOSE BIO-MEDICAL WASTE The MCGM has finally accepted what residents in and around Deonar have been saying for so long. It has written to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, requesting it to change the technology used in the bio-medical incinerator abutting the Deonar dump as it is extremely hazardous. The bio-medical waste incinerator burns 10 tonnes of waste from hospitals, and the gases produced could be affecting the health of those who live within a radius of 1 km. This method has been phased out abroad, and replaced by the eco-friendly gasification method. Municipal Commissioner – In Charge R A Rajeev informed that the MCGM doesn’t mind phasing out their old technology but the rules for it need to be changed by the ministry of environment and forests. Gasification, though expensive, is worthwhile because it is absolutely safe. In gasification, the waste is burnt at a very high temperature, which makes it possible to minimize the fumes. Presently the MCGM is following the norms prescribed by the MPCB, but fumes are still being emitted. The MPCB had suggested three places to set up incinerators-one each for the western and eastern suburbs and the island city. MPCB officials said the technology suggested needs to be studied carefully. ALL NEW SOCIETIES MUST RECYCLE WATER, SAYS MCGM The MCGM has made it mandatory for all new residential complexes coming up in the city, to have grey water treatment plants on their premises. This is part of the contingency plan of the MCGM, as the city will face severe water crisis with more than 30 per cent water cut expected in the coming year. The directives regarding the new decision have been included in the draft of the new water by-laws prepared for the city by the MCGM, tabled recently in the meeting of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. The Mission advocates the recycling and reuse of water. Grey water – waste water produced from baths and showers, domestic sinks, washing clothes – is one of the best options for residential societies to meet the demand of water needed for flushing, washing cars, or cleaning the grounds and maintaining the greenery in their complexes. THE WATER BY-LAWS SAY The new water by-laws prepared by the BMC and followed by other municipal corporations in the state include categories which can fall under the grey water treatment plant criteria. * The law is applicable to projects where the plot is more than 2000 sq mtrs. * If the law is not implemented the developer or the builder will be fined Rs 5,000 on the day of fault detection. If the plant exists and is not operational, the fine will be Rs 500 every day. * The by-laws also have the provision of giving incentives to residential societies which have the plant and save 25 per cent water every day. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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