Swachh honour: How Pune’s residential society set an example for others

The society has bagged the National Swachh Bharat Award for 2017, slated to be the only one in Maharashtra among the thousands who applied for the award.

Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune | Published: October 2, 2017 9:27 am
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IT is a residential society which clearly stands apart not just in whole of Pune district but in Maharashtra as well. It is a society which has “spread its fragrance” far and wide and set a unique example for other societies and citizens to emulate. And it goes by the name Roseland Residency, which is located in Pimple Saudagar area of Pimpri-Chinchwad. The society has bagged the National Swachh Bharat Award for 2017, slated to be the only one in Maharashtra among the thousands who applied for the award.

Even as a 10-member team of the society led by its chairman Santosh Maskar on Sunday landed in New Delhi to receive the award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (October 2), the society has come in for fulsome praise from people from all walks of life. Civic conscious citizens as well as the curious kind are visiting the society to see what it took for Roseland to grab national attention.

A visit to the society on Sunday revealed that there certainly is a lot different here compared to other residential societies in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. It has implemented several environment-friendly projects and seems to have gone flat out to protect our flora and fauna, save precious water and drastically cut down on electricity consumption. What, however, is riveting is the level of cleanliness inside the society premises as it is difficult to come across waste lying here, there and everywhere unlike in scores of societies in Pune.

Among the projects, Roseland (better known as Gate No 4 society) has successfully implemented include rain harvesting project, recycling drainage water, sparrow conservation, electricity consumption and management, segregation of waste at source. “Because of the rainwater harvesting project, we don’t have to depend heavily on PCMC water or water tankers. Some of the societies in Pimple Saudagar incur annual water bill of Rs 35 lakh due to water tankers. However, our bill is much more less as we use the project for recharging our borewells, which provide water for domestic use except for drinking purpose,” said Maskar.

Describing Roseland as the “smart society” of the country, Maskar said waste is collected on three fronts in the society. “Plastic waste is collected separately and so is dry and wet waste. Besides, the e-waste for which a separate spot has been designated is handed over to an industrial unit for recycling purpose,” he said, adding that more than 90 per cent of society residents actively segregate waste at source.

There are 35 buildings in the society and 992 flats with a population of around 4,000 residents. Each building has separate sparrow nests and bird feeders installed, which actually can be found in every nook and corner of Roseland. “This is one of our favourite projects and we take pride in it,” said S K Jain (58), a society member who also supervises the project.

Pointing out at the senior citizen’s facility, Jain said, “Seniors are home at this spot. They can be found through the day reading books, magazines or indulging in gup shup. We keep at least 30 newspapers of all langauges at this facility,” he added. The society has around 3,000 trees of all hues and shapes. There are at least seven smaller gardens, a tennis court and a club house and a sufficient parking space for vehicles. “As of now work on a playground is under progress,” he said.

Stating that community feeling remains high among society members, Maskar said, “All the members actively participate in various functions, programmes or eco-friendly projects of the society. Each one contributes his or her best.” Local corporator Nana Kate said, “Roseland has set a unique example to follow. They have aggressively pursued each and every project and therefore have been able to successfully implement them. Roseland has made whole of Maharashtra proud of its achievement.”

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