May 7, 2009 3:06:24 am
The sight of overflowing garbage bins might reappear in the city after a break of three weeks,as the villagers of Uruli Devachi and Phursungi have decided to re-embark on their agitation and stop the vehicles from dumping garbage at the depot from Thursday,alleging that the civic body has failed to keep its promises,including the segregation of garbage.
The civic administration,on the other hand,claims that it is properly segregating the garbage before dumping it at the depot. Chief of the civic solid waste management department Dr RR Pardeshi even said the civic body might start taking action against those citizens who do not segregate the garbage at the households.
The villagers of Uruli Devachi and Phursungi and members of Kachra Depot Hatao Samiti have issued a statement saying the vehicles that will bring unsegregated garbage will not be allowed to enter the depot site from Thursday. Last month,the villagers had started their protests against PMC and stopped the garbage dumpers to unload the garbage at the depot between April 8 and 14. This had given a tough time to PMC as well as citizens,as the garbage bins had started overflowing across the city. Finally,the villagers had backed out after a week.
All the villagers are disappointed and annoyed by the apathy of the authorities towards our troubles. We have decided to stop the garbage dumpers from entering the depot area,as the PMC has failed to keep its promise. We had given an ultimatum to the civic body last Saturday to start taking immediate steps. However,nothing has happened so far, Phursungi deputy sarpanch Sanjay Harpale said.
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He added,In October last year,civic officials including the erstwhile commissioner and party leaders at the PMC had held a meeting with the villagers and promised that appropriate steps would be taken in the next six months to reduce the problems. These promises included alternative land for the garbage depot,segregation of garbage within the city and carriage of wet garbage in an enclosed vehicle. But these have turned out to be empty promises.
However,Dr Pardeshi claimed that the PMC was segregating the garbage within the city in an effective manner and not dumping wet and dry garbage at the depot. We have been segregating for years in an effective manner. The food waste coming out of eateries and restaurants is being collected separately. At some housing societies,vermiculture is being practised. Ragpickers also segregate dry waste from wet.
He added that the onus of segregating the garbage does not lie with the PMC alone and that the citizens should start doing so at the individual level. We are thinking of punishing the citizens who do not segregate the garbage.
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