Pimpri: Wagholi residents who had bought flats believing developers’ promises that the area will be merged in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits have been left in the lurch by authorities.
These residents have to struggle for get basic amenities in newly developed areas, which Wagholi Gram Panchyat is not able to provide.
Adding to their woes, the Wagholi Gram Panchyat started dumping garbage in an open plot in the middle of the residential societies from Monday.
Residents have objected to the dumping in the area. Many residents took up this issue with Wagholi Gram Panchyat on Tuesday after holding a protest at the panchayat office. They have handed over a memorandum of their demands to the village panchyat and authorities have assured them that the dumping of garbage will be stopped.
Housing societies involved in the protest include Green Groves Society, Cilantro Society, Solacia Society, Gulmouhar Renaissance and RMC Garden. Grampanchayat member Machhindra Satav, along with Raman Raina, Satish Nagawade, Chetan Tiwari, Pankaj Verma and Sachin Khera participated in agitation. Some woman members including Ayesha Butalia, Ruchi Nair, Manjusha Gade and Monika Khera also took part in the agitation.
Harcharanjeet Butalia, who has taken initiative against illegal dumping of garbage by local authorities, said, “We are raising the issue of illegal and unscientific disposal of garbage by the village panchyat for quite a long time. During summer, they used to burn garbage, which caused toxic air pollution in the area.”
Butalia said, “They have started illegal dumping garbage in the open space in the middle of housing societies. When asked, they told that the farmers wanted compost and therefore, it was dumped in the farm, which is highly objectionable. As there is no proper mechanism available to convert the garbage, it is only resulting in a stink and spread of diseases and local residents are likely to suffer.”
A large number of people, specially IT sector employees working in Kharadi, have bought houses in Wagholi. PMRDA has given permission to many high rise buildings in the area. Due to complete lack of civic amenities, citizens have to arrange garbage disposal and water supply and drainage services on their own.