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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has appointed Deloitee Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt Ltd, an internationally renowned organisation, as consultants to give final shape to its much-awaited e-Waste Management Project in Maharashtra.

The project, to be taken on public-private partnership (PPP) model, would not only be followed by the rest of India, but also by the developing countries.

The e-waste Management Project taken up by MMRDA in 2008 aims to address the problems of e-waste that is generated in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to the extent of 15,000 tonnes per annum in Mumbai and adjoining areas, and to the extent of 20,000 tonnes per year in the rest of Maharashtra. As per the estimate, the overall production of e-waste which is 50,000 tonnes in India would increase to 8,00,000 tonnes by 2012.

The total project cost is र76 crore, which is divided into three phases. Phases I and II would cost र38 crore. In phase I, all the incoming e-waste would be physically separated and sorted through different streams. In phase II, it would be segregated through machines from where materials may go to the third level. At this level, the recyclers recover precious metals like chromium, platinum, gold and silver that are mainly used in the circuit system to bring high efficiency of electronic gadgets.

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