Unsmart city 2015: Waste processing, disposal continue to be challenge

As Pune enters 2016, riding hopes of donning a new avatar, Newsline takes stock of areas in the city that remained more or less ‘unsmart’ in 2015

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: December 27, 2015 5:36 am

unsmart city 2015, unsmart city pune 2015, unsmart pune, PMC, waste management, pune waste management, pune newsEfforts by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in solid waste management have been receiving some praise, but the picture on the ground is that of overflowing garbage bins in parts of city, waste being dumped in open and alongside road, burning of garbage polluting the air. The civic administration so far has been focussing on disposing the waste generated in households, but it has not been able to set up a system to process waste generated at commercial units.

Doorstep waste collection for city incomplete
PMC’s door-to-door waste collection initiative is being implemented through waste collection groups. Though the joint efforts have worked well in parts of city, it does not cover the entire city. The civic body is now planning to rope in more agencies to collect the waste at its source and cover all households.

Failure of biogas plants
The civic body has faced opposition from residents of Uruli Devachi and Phursungi villages where it was dumping the waste generated in the city. This forced the civic body to start large-capacity waste processing plants and also set up biogas plants across the city. There was opposition to biogas plants in the beginning, but later many corporators started seeking plants in their respective electoral wards. However, these biogas plants have not given the desired results so far.

Closure of large capacity processing plant
The civic body had roped in private players to set up garbage processing plants. It provided land as well as financial support for the project, but plants have failed to yield desired results. A few of the plants closed down citing financial losses.

No means to dispose construction waste
The construction activities in and around the city are at its peak, generating a lot of waste which cannot be processed and is difficult to dispose.

The construction waste is being dumped in the open, alongside road, and in the water bodies.

Politicisiation
Garbage disposal in the city has become more of a political issue, with local units of political parties opposing waste processing plants wherever they are planned. PMC is now looking for alternate sites for such plants following a court order disallowing the same at their existing sites of Uruli Devachi and Phursungi villages. The BJP-led government has identified Pimpri Sandas as a location, but its alliance partner Shiv Sena has opposed it.

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