After making Katraj electoral ward garbage-free,the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to replicate the initiative in 20 electoral panels,or 40 wards. The efforts are aimed at making Pune a zero-garbage city.
For Katraj,the PMC,along Cummins,Janwani and Swach Cooperative,set up a system for door-to-door collection of segregated waste and getting rid of garbage containers. The PMC also managed to bag an ISO 9001 certification for decentralised municipal solid waste collection,transportation and processing. In Katraj,new plants process wet waste within the ward,saving money and fuel and reducing the need for landfill sites.
The PMC plans to extend the initiative in 20 electoral panels, said municipal commissioner Mahesh Pathak in a proposal tabled in the Standing Committee. The model involves participation of corporate,NGOs,waste pickers and the civic administration.
The civic body provides basic facilities for the purpose,he said,adding,The PMC will spend Rs 7.42 lakh in each panel for providing facilities for waste pickers. We need Rs 1.48 crore for launching the initiative in 20 panels.
Money will also be spent on creating awareness about segregation of waste and publishing booklets on the subject. The civic administration said the PMC had asked organisations to submit their proposals. Of the two proposals received,the first was rejected as the organisation sought funds to carry out the responsibility. Janwani,however,has proposed to carry out the project as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The civic administration is contemplating going ahead with the Janwani proposal.
According to PMC,around 1,300 t0 1,400 ton of solid waste is generated every day in the city. The figure is going to increase going by the development of the city,he said. Of the total waste generated,40-50 per cent is biodegradable,20-25 per cent can be recyled while 10-15 per cent is non-recyclable.