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‘Better living comes with better planning’

[box type=”shadow” ]Dr-Sanjay-Pattiwar“Right from purchasing its own Morbe dam, six state-of-theart sewage treatment plants, scientific landfill, mechanical sweepers to installing e-toilets…..Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has taken a series of steps to ensure clean living in the City,” said Dr Sanjay Pattiwar, Additional Municipal Commissioner during an interaction with Suprita Anupam.[/box]

Navi Mumbai is a planned City. In 1971, around 600kms of land was given to CIDCO to develop this new City. On January I, 1992, the then government created Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation to manage the entire City which consists of Airoli, Ghansoli, KoparKharane, Vashi, Turbe, Nerul, Belapur.

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This is how the Corporation came into existence.

Majorly planned and developed by CIDCO, the City has its own advantages. The clean City ranking was not only based on cleanliness but on broad parameters like: sewage management, water management, solid waste management, heath & hygiene, environment, storm water drainage, wastewater treatment, air and wind quality monitoring and so on. We have been working on all of these, based on the capital work done by CIDCO. We, at NMMC are not directly involved in any of these process, but are outsourcing each and every task. This gives room to monitor and control.

What are the solid waste practices at NMMC?

Navi Mumbai generates around 700 metric tonnes of solid waste per day. We have a central scientific landfill in an area of 70 acres at Turbhe, the heart of the City. This reduces the transportation cost and also helps meet the timely disposal of solid waste. Many other cities don’t have this luxury.

The landfill is divided into four cells that will continue to work for the next 30 years. Approved by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, the scientific landfill has got no air pollution and no soil pollution, and has been appreciated by many organizations.

Around 400-500 tonnes of garbage is processed for bio-compost and reproduced as refuse-derived fuel (RDF). RDF or solid recovered fuel/ specified recovered fuel (SRF) is a produced by shredding and dehydrating solid waste (MSW) with a waste converter technology which involves bag shredding, size screening, magnetic separation and coarse shredding and refining separation. After processing, RDF is recovered in the form of 100 – 200kg compressed pallets or bricks that are used in various furnaces.

Any plan to go for waste-to-energy?

No plan for waste-to-energy as the existing technology is working very well. The entire process is nonpolluting. The fertilizers produced are used by the farmers, and we have an agreement with the agency for the next 15-20yrs.

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