Should we stop permits for new constructions, Bombay HC asks BMC

Addressing the issue of waste disposal in the city, the Bombay High Court (HC) yesterday asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) whether it should stop giving permissions for new constructions in Mumbai, as the civic body was yet to address the issue of dumping grounds.

File pic for representation
File pic for representation

A Bombay HC bench comprising of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice C V Bhadang questioned the BMC and the advocate general SG Aney.

“If both BMC and State government are not serious about waste disposal, should we issue orders that no permission hereon should be given for new constructions in the city?”

Replying to this, Aney told the bench that if the HC gave such order, “It would adversely impact the economy, it will increase unemployment, lot of SRA schemes will be affected and [it will] impact the growth of the city.”

The BMC has been dumping around 11,000 metric tonnes of waste daily at Deonar and Mulund dumping grounds. The HC had already raised concerns over the recent fire at Deonar and also had asked the state to take adequate security measures so that such incidents don’t occur again.

The HC has also been asking the BMC to give a time bound date on when it will stop dumping waste in Mulund and Deonar dumping grounds since they have reached saturation levels.

Meanwhile, on the same issue, the state had told the HC that it had handed over possession of a 52-hectare plot at Taloja and around 30- hectare plot at Airoli to the BMC to set up dumping grounds for the city.

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