Updated: February 6, 2014 2:55:26 pm
If all goes as planned, Pimpri-Chinchwad may soon get an image makeover, with overflowing garbage containers and filth strewn all over creating health hazards becoming a thing of past. The civic body has decided to start door-to-door collection of garbage in three to four months’ time, bringing to an end indiscriminate dumping of garbage in the open by the locals.
To begin with, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has decided to distribute as many as 9 lakh 10-litre garbage bins across the industrial town. Each household is set to get two bins, one to store dry waste and the other for wet garbage. “The garbage bins, in white and green colours, will be distributed free of cost,” said Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi. He said once the garbage bins were distributed in the next three to four months, the sight of garbage being dumped indiscriminately will become rare.
“We are laying emphasis on door-to-door collection of garbage. Each household will have to store the garbage in the bins given to them. Civic vehicles then collect it daily from them,” he said.
PCMC officials said the they were determined to resolve the problem of garbage, which is going to increase with the expansion of the city and its rising population. To effectively handle the problem of garbage, Pardeshi said, PCMC would implement the Sustainable Management of Solid Waste plan under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. “Once this plan is implemented, we are sure the garbage problem will be minimised to a large extent,” he said.
Under the plan, the PCMC plans to segregate dry and wet garbage and recycle them. Civic officials said PCMC planned to recycle the garbage, generate biogas, manure and use it for vermicompost. However, he said, it would take some time for the plan to take effect.
Even as it is planning to ensure effective garbage management, the PCMC is also faced with the problem pertaining to lace of garbage dumping site, with the Moshi depot bursting at the seams. For the last few years, PCMC has been looking at an alternative site but has not been able to locate one. However, officials said, they had zeroed in a piece of land in Punawale area. “We have actually paid the amount for it, and are now awaiting the state government’s nod,” said PCMC sanitation chief R B Chavan.
The civic chief also denied the PCMC was looking at shifting the garbage depot because of its proximity to the proposed Chakan international airport. “The Moshi depot will remain where it is. The depot is not in the funnel zone of the proposed airport,” he said. Chavan said if the Punawale depot got the green signal from the state government, it would reduce the transportation problem and expenditure. “Pimpri-Chinchwad is expanding in all parts. Carrying garbage from one corner to another is leading to rise in transportation cost. Also, it leads to waste of time and energy because of the growing congestion on the roads,” he said.
Chavan said they planned to use the latest technology while developing the new garbage depot, which would cause little harm to environment.
Meanwhile, residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad have been grumbling that the civic body has over the years failed to tackle the problem of garbage disposal. “Even though the city remains in the grip of dengue, swine flu and a host of other ailments, you will find overflowing garbage containers in every suburbs,” said civic activist Sachin Godambe.
“What is shocking is even the trees along the highway have become home for garbage — plastic bags, bottles, tryes and what not… Just look beneath these decorative plants and trees along the Pune-Mumbai highway, garbage has been piling up for months,” said Jayant Kariya, a resident of Dapodi.
Civic officials said they cleared maximum garbage from beneath these decorative plants last month. “Our vehicles made 40 rounds to lift the garbage that had remained there for months,” said an official.
The scene at HA grounds in Pimpri is equally shocking. Mounds of garbage line the compound wall and has remained untouched for months. It is clear that locals are indiscriminately dumping the garbage without any check. HA officials, too, seemed to care little. Last week, PCMC officials, however, said they had issued a notice to the HA, which promised to clean up the place.
Sachin Rangdal of Bhosari said: “It is amazing to find that the PCMC sanitation staff work only till afternoon. Who will clear the garbage after that? Can’t PCMC make its staff work in two shifts? Actually, it is in the afternoon and evening hours when all the garbage starts piling up,” he said. To this, officials said once the new system was in place, these complaints would disappear.
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