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Uruli Devachi,Phursungi villagers don’t budge,garbage stalemate on

As the garbage impasse entered its sixth day on Tuesday,the villagers of Uruli Devachi and Phursungi are still not ready to give in and the stalemate is likely to continue.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
May 13, 2009 10:05:05 pm

They demand Rs 10 crore compensation package for the next 25 years from PMC

As the garbage impasse entered its sixth day on Tuesday,the villagers of Uruli Devachi and Phursungi are still not ready to give in and the stalemate is likely to continue. The villagers who held a joint meeting over the issue till late evening on Tuesday have now decided to ask the civic administration to start segregating the garbage in two months’ time and also pay a compensation package of Rs 10 crore each year for the next 25 years.

Deputy Sarpanch of Phursungi Sanjay Harpale told this to The Indian Express after the meeting. He said,”We are going to ask the civic authorities to start segregating the garbage in two months time,and not in three months as declared by the district collector on Monday.”

“Secondly,we want to get a package of Rs 10 crore for the twin villages for the next 25 years,as a compensation package from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC),for risking the lives of villagers for so many years,” he added.

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“We are going to send letters to these authorities and depending pon their reply,we would take a decision whether to withdraw the agitation or not,” Harpale said.

Meanwhile,the civic administration and citizens had to cope up with heaps of garbage dotting the city roads. The quantum of garbage lying at the bins has crossed 6,000 tonnes by Tuesday evening. At many places,citizens set the garbage ablaze to get rid of the stench and congestion.

Medical officer of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) R R Pardeshi said,”In the last six days,no less than 6,000 tonnes of garbage has piled up in the city. We have not been able to dump the garbage at the site due to the ongoing agitation by the villagers.”

He said that however,the hotel waste was being sent to farmers around the city. “Through this,we have managed to minimise the load to some extent.”

The city unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded resignations from the District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar,Mayor Rajlaxmi Bhosale and all the office-bearers in PMC for their inaction so far. Party’s city unit secretary Ajit Abhyankar has issued a press release in this regard. The press release says: “The picture of garbage piling up in the city is not due to the agitation by the villagers,but due to the corrupt political leadership at the helm of affairs. The state government had directed the PMC to set up four different garbage depots around the city however,nothing has happened so far. Since there is no scope for corruption in garbage issue,not a single politician has looked into the matter so far.”

He has further BJP leader in PMC Vikas Mathkari said,”Belgaum Municipal Corporation has been successfully implementing the project of using the organic waste at the sewage treatment plant (STP). We can replicate the model here as well.”

He however said that since the PMC does not have a proper machinery,there was no use of segregating the garbage at the source. He also criticised the Congress for not doing any positive work despite being at power for years.

On Monday,District Collector Chandrakant Dalvi had convened a meeting with the villagers. The district and the civic authorities had promised to start segregating garbage in the next three months in a full-fledged manner and that the open dumping of garbage would be stopped in six months’ time. However,the villagers had decided to take the decision in their meeting.

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