With the garbage disposal issue continuing to be a cause of concern for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday urged the civic body to make necessary amendments in the development control rules so as to make it mandatory for the new residential projects to have their own waste processing plants.
“I have asked the PMC to make changes in the Development Control to make the waste processing plants compulsory for residential projects. If the major part of the waste is processed in the area where it is generated then the leftover waste would be transported by the civic body,” he said.
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The PMC should provide some benefits in the construction to developers in return for setting up a waste processing plant, Fadnavis said, adding the decentralisation of waste processing would be the most effective way of resolving the garbage disposal issue.
He said the PMC has informed that it would soon start operations of small capacity waste processing plants in different parts of the city but also need the Pimpri Sandas land for setting up a high capacity processing plant.
“The state government would ensure that the land is provided to PMC but only on the condition that it would be used to set up the processing plant,” said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
A civic officer said the existing DC rules do not have the provision to make it mandatory to set up the processing plant for solid waste management.
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“The proposed Development Control rules for new Development Plan (DP) pending with the state government has the provision of mandatory garbage processing plants for each residential projects,” he said, adding the PMC at present has made sewage treatment plants mandatory for big residential projects.
Similarly, the Chief Minister said he has asked PCMC corporations to ensure new societies recycle water by setting up their processing plants for various purposes other than drinking.