PUNE: Multiple cases of garbage burning and miscreants setting fire to dumped waste in open areas have been reported by residents of housing societies in Hinjawadi. Nearly 20 to 25,000 people residing in societies in Hinjawadi phase III, main road, Sahyadri mountain areas are facing serious issues of thick smoke due to fire on the garbage dumped in open areas.
“The burning process has become a daily activity in the place. Every day from 7 am to 8 am, we find thick smoke which looks like a dense fog, has covered the whole area of Megapolis Society and surrounding areas. We can clearly see that the barren plots near our society are on fire where the garbage is being burnt. The smoke stays till the evening and it becomes difficult to breathe. We discussed the matter with Hinjawadi IT Park Residents Welfare Association (HIRWA) at the meeting conducted on Saturday to find a solution. Previously, too, we have posted a number of complaints and tagged the Twitter handle of Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) Maharashtra but there was no response from them,” said Anshul Gupta, resident of Megapolis Sunway and member of HIRWA.
Sagar Sakhare, former sarpanch and member of Hinjewadi Gram Panchayat, said, “We suspect that such mischievous activities are carried out by small tea shops and hotels owners who are doing business till late night. We had hired check guards and watchmen to look out after the complained burning yards but it didn’t work, as the miscreants again choose another area to burn waste when they found out that a watchman is present.”
He further added, “There is no proper place near Hinjawadi and Mann where the garbage can be treated properly. Before this, Hinjawadi Gram Panchayat including Mangaon and Mulshi Gram Panchayat demanded had two acres of land from MIDC to set up a treatment plant, but it was not sanctioned.”
Smita Bhosale, Sarpanch of Mangaon Gram Panchayat said, “After immediate treatment of garbage, medicine will be sprinkled over the burnt waste and it will be taken away. We will also make sure that such things do not happen and carry out strict patrolling near all areas throughout the day and night, where there are high chances of burning the garbage.”