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Maha to have flying squads for tracking e-waste

Maharashtra Government would soon appoint flying squads to check the disposal of e-waste, which has hazardous impact on the city`s environment.



Mumbai: Maharashtra Government would soon
appoint flying squads to check the disposal of e-waste, which
has hazardous impact on the city`s environment.

An announcement in this regard was made by Minister of
State for Environment, Sachin Ahir in the Legislative Council
last week.

"The flying squads are necessary to monitor disposal of
e-waste in the city, as a report released by state pollution
board indicates alarming 50,000 tonne of e-waste could be
generated per year," Ahir said.

The state has already identified areas having the most
e-waste and started the disposal centres at Taloja, Butibori
and Ranjangaon near Pune city, he added.

The containers carrying e-waste are being tracked by GPS
system to ensure the waste is disposed properly, the minister
said.

The Centre has come up with a draft proposal to be
converted into an Act for proper disposal of e-waste and
invited suggestions and objections on it, he said while
replying to a private bill on e-waste moved by Shiv Sena MLC
Deepak Sawant.

Sawant said Mumbai generates 20,000 tonnes of e-waste and
old computers account for 14,000 tonnes. The rest is generated
by old TV sets, washing machines and refrigerators.

However, there is no law to tackle the problem which may
increase in future causing lot of problem to the environment,
Sawant said.

PTI

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