Hoping to improve its ranking in the Swachh Sarvekshan by the Union government after making it to the list of top 15 clean cities in the ranking for 2015, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has come under fire for finding it difficult to dispose off the carcasses in its jurisdiction after the PMC incinerator at Mundhwa was shut down.
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However, PMC has refuted the claims. “We are disposing off the carcasses in the best possible way,” said joint municipal commissioner and incharge of PMC solid waste management department Suresh Jagtap.
The civic body will soon start an incinerator. We are just working on sorting a few technical issues, he added.
Meanwhile, Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar said the PMC will also be starting a control room soon, which will be dedicated for solid waste management. “The PMC is now planning to use technology for collection and disposal of solid waste. A GPS has been installed on garbage collecting vehicles to track them. We will soon bring in new garbage bins with sensors that would alert the control room when filled to a certain capacity,” he said.
Currently, there are 900 garbage bins installed at public places. The PMC is also planning to increase the number of new bins to 1,600, he added.
“The locations for putting the bins have also been identified after a survey,” said Kumar
When pointed out that the increasing number of bins was against the earlier initiative of making the city container free, the municipal commissioner said that it was to ensure that the citizens have sufficient means to dispose the waste to curb littering.
Further, he urged the residents to download the ‘Swachhata App’ as it would help assess the overall performance of the cities in terms of cleanliness. Though this app, he said, residents can submit their complaints or feedbacks during allotting marks in the contest.
The municipal documentation would have 45 per cent weightage in the scores, while residents’ feedback would have 30 per cent weightage and 25 per cent weightage would be based on direct observation by the assessment team.
“The residents’ feedback would play a major role in the scores for the city so people should download the app and make maximum use of it,” he said.
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