From ET Realty
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday opposed a suggestion by the Bombay high court to impose a ban on new constructions in Mumbai, even as it claimed that its new directions to the BMC to ensure segregation of waste, two new dumping grounds and other measures will help tackle the problem caused by the city’s polluting dumping grounds.
A division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and C V Bhadang reserved its orders on an application filed by the BMC seeking more time to make the Deonar and Mulund dumping grounds compliant with anti-pollution rules as well as other petitions seeking their closure in a time-bound manner.
“There are serious implications of imposing the drastic proposal of banning new constructions,” said advocate general S G Aney, who along with government pleader Abhinandan Vagyani represented the state.
The state argued that a ban would lead to increase in property prices, besides affecting slum rehabilitation and redevelopment projects in the city. It would also lead to unemployment and impact law and order as well as trade and commerce. Halting construction as a solution was more problematic than the problem of pollution it seeks to address, the state added. It, instead, pointed to a state directive issued on Monday to the BMC to segregate bio-degradable and dry waste in some wards and to give permission for processing facilities for such waste within housing complexes in a portion of the open space that is reserved for recreation ground.
The state also said that its approval of two new dumping grounds in Airoli and Taloja as well as a new area for waste disposal in Kanjurmarg would help the city increase its capacity to 14,000 metric tonnes of garbage. The BMC said that it would take at least two years to set up the new waste disposal facilities and close the existing polluting ones.