Apex court order may hit construction in the city

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The civic body has pointed fingers at the State government saying that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has already framed a policy on solid waste management and is awaiting directives from the State government.

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is awaiting an order from the State government to stop construction work in the city. Till date, the PMC has not taken any decision about stopping construction. 

The civic body has pointed fingers at the State government saying that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has already framed a policy on solid waste management and is awaiting directives from the State government. 

On Friday, a Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and S Abdul Nazeer slapped a fine of Rs 3 lakh each on Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Union territory of Chandigarh for not framing the State Solid Waste Management Policy and not complying with the order. 

Prashant Waghmare, City Engineer of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said, “We are discussing with the State Urban Development Department the issue of the SC order on the solid waste policy.” 

Speaking to Sakal Times, Dnyaneshwar Molak, Head of Solid Waste Management of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said, “The corporation made a policy of solid waste management in 2014 and it improvised it in 2017, named Solid Waste Management Strategy Plan 2017-2025. We have already started implementing the same in the city.” 

A Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) official said, on condition of anonymity, “It will adversely affect the city’s development as construction activity will stop. Construction works include all development work including pothole repairing to bigger projects such as metro project and mega projects run by the civic body. We have asked the State Urban Development Department to guide us.” 

The PMC framed its first policy in 2011, which was further enhanced in 2014. In 2017, the PMC released Solid Waste Management Plan for 2017-2025. The corporation has mentioned its plan in the comprehensive City Development Plan (CMD-2041). The PMC has focused on solving segregation of wet and dry garbage, segregation collection, decentralise segregated process and completely stop open dumping at landfills. 

CASE HISTORY
- CREDAI Maharashtra has reacted to the recent ban on all construction activities in Maharashtra along with other three states and UT, for faltering on the policy for solid waste management. The stay will be on till a distinct policy has been framed. 
- Reacting on the same, Shantilal Kataria, President CREDAI Maharashtra said, ”We are implementing SWM Rules 2016 in the true spirit and as per our knowledge our state has a policy for the same which can be reflected from various published reports. We have always abided by the rules of solid waste management.”
- “We understand that the stay is for those states that do not have any policy framed. Hence, we are sure that the Supreme Court order would not be applicable to us and the State government will get it cleared very soon,” he added.

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