The Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) has identified as many as 25 spots under its jurisdiction that are in need of a thorough clean-up. Two months since he took charge as the CEO of PCB, DN Yadav, undertook a survey that found garbage menace particularly severe in areas where the boundaries of Pune Municipal Corporation limit ends and the PCB jurisdiction begins.
The fortnight-long ‘clean-up cantonment campaign’ has been actively urging citizens to take proactive measures in sprucing up the environment. On Tuesday, the drive was conducted opposite Poona College at the vacant land near Modi Khana. “It is like a dumping ground,” Yadav said.
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He particularly stressed on cleaning up the nullah (ravine) flowing within the PCB limits. Two major nullahs — Bhairoba nullah and Manek nullah — flow within the cantonment limits. The Bhairoba nullah crosses the cantonment limits from around Netaji Nagar and reaches Koregaon Park crossing close to Race Course. “Here too, we found that garbage was dumped at the boundaries from where PMC limits end and PCB limits begin,” Yadav said.
From Sopan Baugh and Chimta Vasti to cleaning up garbage from the vacant land opposite Mahadji Shinde School at Wanowrie, the PCB has enlisted manpower to undertake the clean up cantonment drive. From December 1 our trucks have been collecting tons of garbage and sending it to the Hadapsar trenching ground for manual segregation, he said.
While stating that he was aiming at a speedy redressal of grievances, Yadav added that that hawkers’ menace at prominent roads in the cantonment will be taken up by January next year. We have also written to the traffic department to work out solutions to resolve the congestion at arterial and main roads in the Cantonment area, he said.