SP opposes waste energy plant at Deonar
MUMBAI: The Samajwadi Party has opposed the BMC’s plan to set up a waste energy plant at the Deonar dumping ground saying it will only add to the pollution there. “The civic body’s move to set up a waste energy plant at the dumping ground will lead to more pollution in the area. I will not let the civic body set up such a plant as long as I am alive,” SP leader in BMC Rais Shaikh said.
On June 2, Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE), appointed by BMC to suggest measures for disposing waste at the Deonar ground, had submitted a preliminary draft project report suggesting setting up of a waste energy plant on the Baba Nagar and Shastri Nagar side of the ground as it does not fall within the coastal regulation zones (CRZ). The consultants have now said that 14.2 hectares of the 120-hectare dumping ground would be required for setting up the plant.
Shaikh also questioned why the eastern suburbs were always targeted as far as the waste management was concerned. “The civic body has plots in the western suburbs also where this plant can be set up. We will not allow it on Deonar again,” said Shaikh who is also the corporator of the area.