By Rajil Menon
Published: Monday 31 August 2009

BARC to help deal with waste

The Bombay high court on July 21 set up a four-member committee to look into the feasibility of decentralized waste management in Mumbai. The court passed the order on a petition by the Smoke Affected Residents Forum, formed by Chembur residents, affected by pollution from the Deonar dumping ground in Mumbai's eastern suburb. Sandeep Rane, a member of the forum, informed the court about Mumbai-based Bhabha Atomic Research Centre's (BARC) small, cost-effective plants that bio-degraded waste (see 'Matheran wastes cooking gas', Down To Earth, July 31, 2009).

The committee includes Sharad Kale, senior scientist at BARC, Shyam Asolekar, professor at IIT-Mumbai and Rakesh Kumar of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute.

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