The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) plan to process waste generated within the same area is finally taking shape as it will set up six processing units, four of five tonnes capacity and two of three tonnes to process 26-tonne wet waste every day, at Bhavani Peth ward and four units of five tonnes to process 20 tonnes of waste everyday at Vishrambagwada ward. In a first, the civic body will set up plants that will compost waste within 24 hours.
The civic body have been facing the problem of disposing waste generated in the city with the ban on open dumping.
Large capacity processing plants have failed to yield the desired results and have been causing problems to the civic body whenever there is a technical snag, leaving no option but to deposit waste at landfilling sites at Uruli Devachi.
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Residents too have been opposing the PMC from depositing waste at the landfill site. It was after the intervention of the state government that the villagers allowed waste to be deposited at the landfill site for some more time. There are problems in getting land to set up big capacity processing plants so the civic body has decided to set up small units within the city limits to process waste generated in their respective areas.
“The PMC has prepared a plan to process waste within the same area and accordingly the amenity spaces within the city have been identified for the purpose. To start with, the civic body will set up plants in Bhavanipeth and Vishrambag Wada wards,” said a civic officer.
Around 1,400 tonnes of waste is generated everyday in the city and half of it is wet waste, he said adding, “The plants for processing wet waste within the same area will ease pressure on the large capacity plants of civic body and also save a lot of civic funds spent in carrying waste from the city to the existing plants located in Hadapsar.”