After a meeting with PMC officials and MP Supriya Sule on Saturday,villagers of Phursungi and Uruli Devachi agreed to allow garbage dumping in their villages from 9 am on Sunday.
The villagers sounded pacified after assurance given by the Mayor,Sule and PMC officials of taking their demands in the right earnest,especially the key ones like implementing environmental norms in all seriousness and purpose.
Their only demand now is of putting everything on papers,signed by boths sides and taken up earnestly. A meeting at 9 am on Sunday is expected to put a seal to this. I have decided to personally monitor implementation of the evironmental norms in the area. Every week,I will review the situation. All their demands will be resolved,” said Sule after the meeting.
Mayor Mohansingh Rajpal,Deputy Municipal Commissioner Suresh Jagtap and MP Sule held talks with the villagers. The mayor said,”We have found a solution to the vexed issue. From 9 am on Sunday,the garbage dumping will begin.” The mayor said every week a meeting would be held between PMC and villagers to ensure that envirnonmental norms are strictly adhered to at the garbage dumping sites.
Vijay Bhadale,vice-president of the Kachra Depot Hatao Samiti,said they would decide on Sunday whether to allow dumping of garbage or not. “Everything will be decided on Sunday. Let them give us in writing about their seriousness about adhering to environmental norms at the garbage dumping site.”
Bhadale said they have relaunched their agitation as the PMC failed to adhere to environmental norms. “The claims of garbage being segregated at source are all false. The unsegregagated garbage is blatantly dumped at the sites. The Hanjer Biotech unit has a capacity of processing only 1,000 tonns garbage,but 1,400 tonns garbage is forced into it which results into its malfunctioning. Despite the Supreme Court directives,open dumping is brazenly carried out,” alleged Bhadale.
“The ground water has become polluted,forcing us to rely only on water tankers and the air is fouled up creating breathing problems for citizens. We are seeking strict implementation of MPCB norms on pollution,but the PMC has been found wanting,” said Dilip Mehta,another representative. Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak said the PMC was doing everthing possible to resolve the issue.
Malati Gadgil,chief executive officer,Swach,said despite PMC directive to temporarily stop garbage collection in the city,Swach workers continued to lift garbage from all possible areas in the city.