A proposal to create a zero- garbage IT park has been prepared by city-based Janwani and Hinjewadi Industries Association.
The proposal,if implemented,will establish a centralised system to collect and handle over seven tonne garbage the IT Park daily generates. The proposal also has a solution to the garbage related concerns of three surrounding villages Maan,Marunje and Hinjewadi which generate over 6 tonne garbage daily.
The proposal states,There are around 1,000 houses in Maan and 1,800 houses in Marunje. While there is no system of doorstep garbage collection in Maan,there is only a 10 per cent doorstep garbage collection in Marunje. There are approximately 3,400 houses in Hinjewadi villages of which only 56 per cent has waste collection. In all,there is no system for collection for commercial properties,biomedical or e-waste. Open dumping/ burning is widespread in villages.
The proposal also lists over 40 trouble points where garbage is thrown in the open. While 10-15 such spots are in Maan village,Marunje has six such sites and Hinjewadi has 20. The proposal also states that only two-three companies employ waste pickers to help segregate waste at Hinjewadi. Mixed waste is sent to landfills by some companies,largely through companys own means of transport. Some electronic waste has also been observed in landfill sites.
Developing a centralised collection system with retrieval of segregated waste from gates of companies,households by the use of vehicles,scooters,wastepickers,transport vehicles are some of the solutions prposed. The report also suggests setting up of a compost plant and a sorting shed for segregation of dry waste.
The report states that over time,through improved segregation and 100 per cent doorstep waste collection,Hinjewadi area and Rajiv Gandhi IT Park can be zero-garbage areas. Unmesh Bhathija,vice-president,HIA said,We have approved the proposal and are expecting a reply from Janwani on this.
There is a dispute over which of the three government agencies,MIDC,PCMC and the district collectorate is responsible for garbage collection at some of the mentioned spots.
In reality,there are disputes between the gram panchayats of three villages as to who should run the proposed zero garbage plan. We have had number of meetings with gram panchayats,yet no solution has been reached. As a result the IT Park is suffering, said a member of HIA.