Pune: Despite appreciation from the Centre and State government for solid waste management (SWM) in the city, a ground survey conducted over 20 days by MNS City Secretary Prashant Kanojiya, Congress City General Secretary Hrishikesh Balgude, Azhar Khan of Lokhit Foundation, Wadgaonsheri Citizens Forum’s Ashish Mane and others found serious irregularities in the SWM system.
Kanojiya said, “We conducted a study of all ramps and depots in the city and found that on all seven ramps, the weight of the garbage truck is tampered with. Similarly, no power was generated at the garbage depot through the Rokem plant. The compost, which was generated through garbage was mixed with glass pieces and thus farmers from Urali Devachi are refusing it.”
Kanojiya alleged that the compost, which was supposed to be given free of charge to farmers, was given at the rate of Rs 500 per 1,000 tonne. Similarly, scrap which was to be destroyed by scrap owners was sold in the market and the money generated through it was given to the contractor.
He alleged that at Bhoomigreen Project, Hadapsar the contractor tampers with the weighing machine and plastic is collected and sold in the market instead of it being scrapped. “Unfortunately, PMC has no control over it. Moreover, we were denied entry at Bhoomigreen project,” he said, adding no PMC staff was working here.
“The most shocking part was that though PMC claims that the city generates over 1,300 tonnes garbage, actually the city generates less than 1,000 tonnes,” he said.
“The irregularities are about giving extra money to contractors and not collecting rent from them. Private contractors operating the plants are not fined for failing to act as per the agreement and payment is given to contractors before a project is completed,” Kanojiya added.