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Bio-waste disposal centres shortlisted 
By Suhit Kelkar/TNN 

Mumbai: Faced with the growing problem of how to dispose of the piles of bio-medical waste, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has shortlisted seven sites in the city to set up three or four waste disposal centres. 
Hospitals will also have to pay moreóRs 40 per kg of waste as opposed to the earlier Rs 18 per kg. Tenders for the waste disposal proposal are being scrutinised by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, the consultant for the bio-med waste disposal project. The city generates about three tonnes of bio-med waste daily. 
MPCB regional officer Bharat Nimbarte said the charges were necessary to make the centres financially viable for private sector operators. The Western and Eastern suburbs will get a centre each, while the city may get two. Each centre will cater to between 80,000 to one lakh beds. 
The shortlisted sites are: Vaikunthdham Cemetery at Mazgaon, the Hindu cemeteries at at E Moses Road, Cheetah Camp and Marve Road; a recreational ground plot at Anik village at the Malad lagoons, Deonar dumping ground and Centenary Hospital at Govandi. 
According to the project proposal document, the centres will be run by private operators without any capital or manpower contribution from the BMC. The operator will also have to transport the waste from the hospital to the centre. The municipalityís role is restricted to leasing land to operators and supplying water to the centres. 
This emphasis on private initiative is the result of the BMC burning its fingers on its previous bio-med waste disposal when it was forced to shut down its incinerator at Sewri in 2003 after residents complained of respiratory problems caused by pollution. There were other problems: last year, a contractor in charge of transporting waste to Sewri reportedly sold it in the market. 
Now the Sewri facility is used only to sterilise non-incinerable waste by autoclaving it. Since 2003, incinerable waste has been transported to Taloja to be disposed of by a private company. The BMC is worried because the highly infectious waste is trucked to Taloja through bustling residential areas. Also, hospitals are unhappy with the high transport costs.