OPPOSITION PARTY corporations of Hadapsar under the Pune Municipal Corporation staged a protest on Wednesday against the civic body for transporting waste to the garbage processing plant in Ramtekdi, accusing the ruling BJP of “cheating” the residents.
Joining the protest, local residents, too, alleged that the residents of Hadapsar were being made to suffer by setting up all the waste processing plants in the area.
The protest was earlier called off on the insistence of the ruling BJP in the PMC and party legislator from Hadapsar, Yogesh Tilekar. A resident said that the protest was called off after the PMC promised that only the waste generated in Hadapsar would be processed at the plant.
However, on Tuesday, NCP corporators Yogesh Sasane and Chetan Tupe, along with a few others, stopped the garbage carrying vehicles to enquire about the places they were collected from. Tupe said, “We were informed that the vehicles are coming from Alandi Road, Sinhagad Road, Bhavani Peth, Nagar Road. This was completely against the assurance given to us by the ruling BJP in the past. They have cheated us.”
A protest was then launched by the Opposition parties, which was joined by the Shiv Sena corporators from the area on Wednesday. “We had to agitate. There have been incidents where innocent people were killed in accidents involving garbage carrying vehicles, as they pass through the congested slum area of Ramtekdi. We will continue our protest,” added Tupe.
He added that the civic administration has not even bothered to talk to them, despite the agitation.
In August, the PMC had decided to appoint IIT-Rourkee to conduct a techno-commercial analysis of the new proposed waste processing plant at Ramtekdi, which would process 750 tonne waste every day to generate energy.