The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is gearing up to make a presentation before Prime Minister Narendra Modi on its solid waste management and sanitation management initiative after representatives of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog made a special visit to study the best practices of the civic body that would be showcased for other cities.
“PMC efforts on solid waste management and sanitation management have received appreciation from the Union government. The PMC has been selected for showcasing its efforts so that these can be implemented in other cities of the country,” said Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar.
The state government had highlighted the PMC efforts undertaken for solid waste management and sanitation management at the meeting of chief ministers called by Prime Minister. Accordingly, the representatives of NITI Aayog were in city for two days to study the PMC initiative.
“The NITI Aayog representatives studied the PMC efforts for two days by visiting the projects. I have been asked to make a 15-minute presentation on behalf of PMC before the Prime Minister. We are working on it,” he said.
“PMC is one of the municipal corporations that has undertaken efforts in effective solid waste management,” Kumar said, adding that the presentation would be on the various technologies adopted by the PMC for processing waste in addition to the system established for waste collection and decenetralisation of its processing by setting up small capacity plants across the city.
“Several cities are keenly awaiting the outcome of the PMC efforts in decentralisation of waste processing plants,” he added.
Also, the union government has allotted a stall to PMC in the function of smart city launch schedule in the next few days. “It has been conveyed to us that the Prime Minister would be visiting the PMC stall to understand the PMC projects on solid waste management and sanitation management,” Kumar said.
Joint Municipal Commissioner Suresh Jagtap said the PMC project of one toilet every house and community-led toilet sanitation would be explained at the PMC stall. “There would be posters and photographs put up at the stall that would give brief information of the imitative of sanitation. The civic officer deputed would provide in detail all information on the civic initiative,” he said.
The community-led toilet sanitation project involves public participation for its effective management. The citizens are given monthly passes for use and incentives are given to promote its use while a local is appointed to maintain the toilet.
A few months ago, the standing committee on urban development had visited the PMC to study its solid waste management and appreciated its system of door-to-door waste collection in public-private partnership.
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