Deonar fire: No new dumping ground will come up, says CM Fadnavis

And the old ones will handle waste segregation scientifically, said Devendra Fadnavis at the Smart City conclave in Kalyan

The recurrent fire breakouts at the various dumping grounds across the city (Deonar, Mulund and Adharwadi) over the past few months have put the BJP-led government in a tough spot. Seeking to address this burning issue, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced yesterday that no Municipal Corporation would be allowed to build a new dumping ground and the old ones will be transformed to handle waste segregation in a scientific manner. He was speaking at the two-day Smart City Conclave held at Kalyan Sports Complex yesterday.

Devendra Fadnavis (seated) flanked by (L to R) Prakash Mehta, Eknath Shinde, Rajendra Deolekar and Kapil Patil at Smart City Conclave in Kalyan Sports Complex. Pics/Sameer Markande
Devendra Fadnavis (seated) flanked by (L to R) Prakash Mehta, Eknath Shinde, Rajendra Deolekar and Kapil Patil at Smart City Conclave in Kalyan Sports Complex. Pics/Sameer Markande

Acknowledging that the garbage heap in the dumping grounds is nothing but a ticking bomb, the CM said, “The civic bodies will have to follow scientific method to handle waste management.”

Police deployment at the Adharwadi dumping ground in Kalyan
Police deployment at the Adharwadi dumping ground in Kalyan

Fadnavis also launched the KDMC mobile app, which is available on Google PlayStore in iOS and Android versions. As of now, the app will only provide information regarding the Kalyan Dombivli municipal corporation (KDMC) but “in the coming days, with the help of the app, citizens can get their work done like getting certificates among others,” said the CM. He also announced the launch of KDMC’s e-magazine.

“The state government will start working on some cities from the list of 10 selected cities for the PM’s Smart city scheme without waiting for the Central government funds,” said Fadnavis.

State PWD minister Eknath Shinde assured that the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) Scheme would be implemented in Kalyan and Dombivli, adding, “Even if the city doesn’t come in the list of 10 smartest cities, we will make it smart through our efforts in the upcoming years.” The CM said that to make Kalyan and Dombivli smart cities, illegal construction has to stop.

“Honest people wait for years to get permission for a construction but illegal buildings are mushrooming everywhere. We will see to it that this stops,” said Fadnavis, adding that there are plans to extend the metro line from Thane to the two cities.

Cops at Aadharwadi
More than 40 cops have been deployed since Thursday at the Adharwadi dumping ground to ensure the smooth running of the conclave, which is being held at the sports complex hardly 100 meters away from it. However, some of them are not happy. “Is it our job to monitor the dumping ground? We work to protect the state and not to protect the dumping ground,” said a policeman deployed at the spot from last two days. Apart from the police, 15 security guards of KDMC have been divided to work in three shifts of eight hours.

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