Pune: Ahead of a meeting with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to be held on Tuesday, Fursungi villagers have started pressure tactics and warned the corporation to stop garbage vehicles from entering the garbage depot from August 1. This is taking place despite the PMC having already deputed a special officer on Uruli Devachi and Fursungi villages for monitoring development-related issues.
Sanjay Harpale, former Sarpanch of Fursungi said, “The NGT has given four point agenda to sort out garbage problem in Fursungi and Uruli Devachi: Segregation, processing and stop open dumping of garbage depot. However, the PMC is not following the directives given by NGT. Every time the corporation gives assurances to us but they don’t fulfill them.
So, we have decided to stop garbage vehicles from entering the villages from August 1.” He said, “The corporation has called a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue of garbage. It become routine exercise of the PMC to conduct a meeting and give assurance and pass the time. We haven’t discussed the agitation issue with Uruli Devachi villagers. However, they will give us support.”
Shankar Harpale, former Zilla Parishad member said, “Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the PMC gave us assurances that they will send only 20 per cent garbage to the depot, increase processing capacity and segregate garbage. Now, the PMC is sending 50 per cent of unsegregated garbage to the depot. All processing plants have been shut down and no new plants have been started by the corporation.”
Suresh Jagtap, Head of Solid Waste Management Department of the PMC said, “The Additional Municipal Commissioner will visit Fursungi village and meet villagers on Tuesday to sort out the problem.”
The PMC gas finally appointed Nodal Officer Vikram Lahane for the development of these villages last week.