Mumbai's solid waste management plans expensive, dangerous

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (mcgm) is expected to spend almost Rs 500 crore to develop waste processing technologies and scientifically manage its dumpyards at Gorai, Deonar, Mulund and Kanjurmarg (see map: Mumbai dumping). Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (il&fs), Mumbai-based consultants, have prepared the plans. But experts say the project will just be a drain on mcgm's finances.

According to mcgm, work has already begun on the Gorai dumping yard, which will be shut in another 15 months. The project, costing Rs 38 crore, has been given to United Phosphorus Limited (upl)