June 5, 2009 3:38:17 am
The revenue department officials of the collectorate have been assessing five sites in the city,which can be used for solid waste management,and thus ease pressure off the present garbage dump at Urali Devachi.
It may be recalled that Collector Chandrakant Dalvi has assured the villagers of Urali Devachi that an alternative site would be made available in seven months time.
With the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) issuing notices to the PMC asking to look for alternative sites,the land revenue officials are ensuring there is no delay from their side. We have to make sure that there is no problem giving them the land for waste disposal, said an official.
Though the PMC has reviewed different sites,it is not willing to name them in fear of protests. Earlier,discussions on considering Mudhwa site had sparked protests.
The PMC has been looking for alternative sites after it entered into a deadlock last month with the villagers of Urali Devachi and Phursungi over the garbage dump issue.
The protests were called off after the district officials promised that dumping would cease in its current sites in seven months and that an alternative site will also be found. The villagers were also assured that the municipal waste management would be done systematically. Deputy sarpanch of Phursungi village Sanjay Harpale said,We want the alternative site to be given in the stipulated seven months. If not we will go for grave action.
The villagers were up in arms against the administration and had even stopped dumpers from entering the dumping ground.
Meanwhile the PMC has talked to the companies to increase their capacity to treat garbage. The PMC officials said that according to the agreement with the companies,they would treat nearly 500 metric tonne garbage.
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