Fursungi villagers likely to call off garbage agitation today

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 2 August 2018

Last month, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a fine of Rs 2 crore on the civic body for not taking appropriate steps to solve the city’s garbage problem

Pune: Following the warning issued by villagers of Fursungi to stop garbage dumping, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) did not send garbage trucks on Wednesday.

This happened after a meeting held between villagers and PMC officials failed to find a solution to the garbage issue. Unlike earlier when villagers of Uruli Devachi and Fursungi used to jointly conduct an agitation, this time villagers of Fursungi are agitating but villagers of Uruli Devachi have decided not to participate in the stir. 

Last month, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a fine of Rs 2 crore on the civic body for not taking appropriate steps to solve the city’s garbage problem. 

Following NGT’s order, Fursungi villagers raised the issue of development and open dumping of garbage in the depot. 

So the PMC officials conducted a meeting on Tuesday but the villagers were firm on their decision to stop the garbage vehicles.

Rajendra Nimbalkar, PMC Additional Municipal Commissioner said, “The corporation has already started development work in Fursungi village. Speaking of garbage dumping issue, we have taken a short-term measure to solve the problem and it will take a little more time to show results in the long run.”

The agitators called for an internal meeting on Thursday in the village. After the meeting, they are likely to call off the agitation on Thursday morning. The garbage trucks will be sent after the announcement is made.”

Sanjay Harpale, former Sarpanch of Fursungi  said, “We have told the corporation to stop open dumping in the depot. The PMC wants time to make an alternative arrangement which the villagers are not ready to give on the basis of earlier experience. So, the PMC did not send a single vehicle to the depot.”

Also, Bhagwan Bhadale, President of President Kachara Depot Hatav Sangharsh Samiti said, “The residents of Uruli had a very limited involvement in the agitation.”

The PMC daily sends 70 garbage trucks for scientific landfill in the garbage depot and according to PMC officials, they have provided many facilities to these villages. Also, the PMC will build 35 water tanks in these villages to boost the water storage capacity and nearly 2 lakh citizens would benefit from the project. A team of civic officials will visit these villages to identify the locations where the tanks can be built.

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