MUMBAI: The Mumbai civic body has again sought the approval of the Civil Aviation authorities as the ‘mountain of garbage’ at the Deonar dumping ground has touched a whopping 114 ft mark.
Mumbai will be the only metro in the country, which should get clearance from Airport Authority of India (AAI) for the ‘growing trash heap’. The permission of aviation authorities is required as the dumping ground is located in the eastern suburbs of the city and comes in the flight path of aircraft that land at the Mumbai airport.
In June 2011, the civic officials had obtained no-objection from AAI after the ‘mount garbage’ breached the three digit mark and was growing by leaps and bounds everyday.
The AAI civil aviation authorities had given permission for civic body to allow the garbage mountain to ‘grow’ till 114 ft. Now, as it has touched the 114 ft mark, the corporation again needs to seek fresh permission for 147 ft. Presently, the 114 ft garbage heap is of the same height of a 14-storey building and at 147 ft it will be equivalent to a 19-storey building.
Majority of the 6,500 MT of garbage the city generates every day is brought to the Deonar dumping ground, spread over 120 acre, which the authorities are planning to close.
Besides Deonar, there were several dumping areas in the city, however, they have been closed after having they reached the limits.