Pune: Now, State Minister Vijay Shivtare has set a deadline of December 2019 to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to close Uruli-Devachi garbage depot. The civic body has already started processing garbage at decentralised garbage processing units set up in different parts of the city.
On Saturday, Vijay Shivtare, Minister of State Water Conservation Minister and Shiv Sena party, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Purandar constituency, conducted a meeting with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials to discuss the long pending issue of garbage depot. The villagers of Uruli-Devachi and Phursungi villagers too attended the meeting.
Following the meeting, Shivtare addressed a press conference, where he said, “Following the discussion with PMC officials, we have set a deadline of December 2019 to stop sending garbage to Uruli-Devachi garbage depot. At present, the civic body is sending 1,000 tonnes of garbage daily to the depot. But it has given an assurance that they will reduce the quantity of garbage up to 500 tonnes up to December 2018 and gradually close the depot by December 2019. The corporation has also decided to set up processing plants in different parts of the city and process all garbage which is being sent to the garbage depot.”
He further said, “The PMC is ready to offer permanent employment to 54 villagers of Uruli-Devachi and Phursungi in the PMC as these villagers have lost their land to the depot.” He added that the infrastructure issue of newly merged 11 villages will be taken on a priority basis which includes road, drainage and water woes.”
On the other hand, Saurabh Rao, Municipal Commissioner, said, “The PMC will try to reduce the quantity of garbage to be sent to the depot. However, the garbage from these newly merged villages will be processed at the depot. We are making arrangements to process maximum garbage in different parts of the city by installing processing plants.”