In an effort to manage waste disposal in Pune, the Pune Municipal Corporation(PMC) issued an order to the solid waste management department to conduct an audit of waste processing units. They want an explanation of the garbage processed every day through various scientific methods.
About 2,000 tonnes of garbage are generated within PMC limits every day. For the past 15 years, PMC has been processing 3,000 tonnes of trash daily. And still, the civic body struggles with the disposal.
The issue came to light when garbage was being burned at Ambegaon. The civic body’s capacity to process garbage was then discovered. However, many of the processing units are not functioning at full capacity, while others have been shut down.
The woes of waste disposal has been troubling various areas in and around Pune. Mis-management of waste has resulted in constant fire at the disposal ground in Wagholi. From the past two weeks, Wagholi residents have been suffering due to toxic fumes from the burning waste. Despite approaching the authorities several times, they got no aid.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator, Hemant Rasne, who is also the chairman of PMC standing committee, questioned the lack of process despite garbage units having the capacity.
“The wet waste and bio-mining plants were built by spending crores and still, they are not functioning. What is the use if the existing plants are not functioning at their full capacity,” stated Rasne.
At present, PMC is struggling to find a place to dispose off around 400 tonnes of garbage, which equals the amount disposed at the two landfills – Uruli Devachi and Phursungi. The residents have been demanding permanent closure of these landfill sites.
Dnyaneshwar Molak, head of the solid waste management department, said that his team is working on the orders issued by the standing committee. “We are collecting the details of the processing units. However, it will take some time to gather the information of all the processing units as the data spans 15 years. Once it is completed, we will immediately submit it to the standing committee,” said Molak.
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