<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Housing societies who have been issued Intimation of Disapproval (IoD) and Commencement Certificates (CC) since 2007 were mandatorily meant to have a dedicated waste treatment facility on their premises.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had warned of strict penal action against such societies if they fail to start composting soon, but have so far not identified a single housing society that came up after 2007 in three wards in south Mumbai.As per figures available with the solid waste management (SWM) department of BMC, they have identified a total of 2,389 housing societies that have come up after 2007, and areas where setting up a vermicomposting facility is a must.“Housing societies and bulk generators, who have been issued IoDs and CCs since 2007, are supposed to have a dedicated waste treatment facility,” said an official from SWM.In ward A (CST, Churchgate, Colaba), B (Sandhrust Road, Dongri, Mohhamad Ali Road) and C (Grant, Chandanwadi, Marine Drive Vasudeo Balvant Phadke Chowk), the BMC could not identify a single building which has come up after 2007.“We are still in the process of identifying buildings which have come up after 2007. When we do, we will ask them to process waste within their premises. If they fail to do so, an FIR will be lodged against these housing societies,” the official said.Earlier in October, the BMC had also sent out a circular to Assistant Commissioners of all wards to prepare a list of willful violators for further action. The BMC had initially set a deadline of October 2 for mandatory waste segregation and composting by housing societies.With apprehensions voiced by housing societies on meeting the deadline due to lack of space for composting, the civic body extended it to three months, provided societies submit a detailed plan to the corporation.THE ACTStates that if, during an inspection by ward officials, the pit is not found, and the place is being used for other purposes such as parking, action can be initiated against the society or commercial units under the MRTP Act, and face legal action, including prison term of up to three years and fine ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000.

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BMC fails to identify Hsg societies without waste pits