BMC plans to modernise Mahalaxmi waste station at a cost of ₹138 crore

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) intends to compact the garbage before being taken to dumping grounds in Mumbai which will result in ease for the civic body in treating the waste

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been planning to modernise the refuse station situated at Mahalaxmi at the cost of ₹138 crore. This will mean that the refuse station will compact the garbage prior to its transportation to the dumping grounds. Following this, the garbage will be transported in one vehicle, instead of four.

A refuse station is a place where the localised garbage is unloaded daily from different vehicles and is loaded in larger vehicles to be transported to the dumping ground. Under the recent project by BMC, the waste will now be directly dumped into a hopper and would be transferred to compactors after being compressed.

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While the current vehicles can carry up to 1.5 to 2.5 metric tonne of garbage waste, the compactors will carry more than 25 metric tonnes of compressed garbage. At present 550-600 metric tonnes of waste is transferred daily from the site to the Deonar and Kanjurmarg dumping grounds.

The completely mechanised station is expected to be functional this but the construction work for the same will take at least two years.

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