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Soon,mechanised cleaning for all concrete roads

The Pune Municipal Corporation will soon get four mechanised sweeping machines to clean the concrete roads in the city.

Published: May 13, 2012 6:51:06 am

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will soon get four mechanised sweeping machines to clean the concrete roads in the city. “The machines will make the work easier and ensure cleanliness for all the concrete roads in the city,” said Suresh Jagtap,zonal commissioner and in-charge of solid waste management in the PMC.

The aim is to get the machines cover up about 250 kms of concrete roads across the city. Concrete stretches of Baner Road,Bundgarden Road,Hadapsar Road,Bibwewadi Road,Nagar Road and BRTS routes will be covered under the cleanliness drive. “The machines are expensive. The PMC has two machines of which one is operational and other is defunct. We should be repairing the other machine soon. As these machines are expensive,we are trying to obtain two more through an agency. This would ensure complete cleanliness,” said Jagtap.

With the PMC’s city sanitation plan been forwarded to the Centre,all measures to ensure cleanliness have been undertaken on a war footing. ‘We have forwarded the plan to the Centre and we should be able to obtain assistance from

the Centre for the plan,” added Jagtap.

The cost for total cleanliness of the city is expected to be around Rs 3,215.02 crore of which PMC is supposed to bear 20 per cent of the total cost. The sanitation plan has been drafted to seek the Centre’s financial assistance in improving sanitation,cleanliness and sewage treatment.

While ward wise committees are to be formed,a “city cleanliness campaign” was launched on May 1 in the name of state’s first chief minister Yashwantrao Chavan by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

The campaign is on the lines of the state government’s Sant Gadge Baba mission where people’s participation is imperative for maintaining cleanliness.

The city has 152 wards and the top four clean wards will be selected by the committee appointed by the PMC and cash awards will be given to them in May next year. “The programme will ensure zero garbage ward and this will in turn help us achieve our objective of cleanliness,” added Jagtap.

Meanwhile,the garbage management plan and overall cleanliness drive has a budget of Rs 5 crore for house-to house garbage collection and Rs 6 crore for ghanta gadis for garbage collection. The city generates around 1,400-1,450 tonnes of garbage everyday with the plant at Uruli-Phursungi processing 1,000 tonnes garbage. Two vermicompost plants and biogas plants take care of around 300 to 400 tonnes garbage.

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