Illegal burning of garbage now chokes Wagholi area

Neha Basudkar
Thursday, 14 March 2019

Harcharanjeet Butaliyia said, “From last one week, daily twice we have been noticing garbage being burnt in the open areas, mostly behind Wagholi Bazaar and Bias Road.”

PUNE: Just like Hinjawadi, Wagholi is also reeling under the ill-effects of frequent and illegal burning of garbage. From last one week, many instances of garbage burning have been reported in open areas in Wagholi. 

The Wagholi Housing Societies Association, a body representing the residents living there, has approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT) but no action has been initiated yet.

Harcharanjeet Butaliyia, a resident of Green Groves Society on Bias Road, said, “From last one week, daily twice we have been noticing garbage being burnt in the open areas, mostly behind Wagholi Bazaar and Bias Road.”

Butaliyia said both these areas are vacant where somebody comes with a truckful of garbage and burns it during the daytime. “We have complained about it to the Gram Panchayat but no steps have been taken yet,” he added.

Sanjeevkumar Patil, Director of Wagholi Housing Societies Association, confirmed that the frequency of garbage burning has increased since last one week. “Around 400 housing societies of Wagholi have to face its consequences,” he said referring to black smoke that was lingering in the air. 

BLAME GAME?
Madhukar Date, Gram Vikas Officer of Wagholi Gram Panchayat, blamed the problem on the housing societies. 

“The real problem is that societies appoint a private agency that collects the garbage, segregate according to their need and burns the rest in open spaces. Once the garbage processing starts regularly, a check on illegal garbage trucks and burning will be done and in some days all these illegal activities will be stopped,” Date added.

He said two garbage processing plants of 16 and 15 tonnes capacity have been set up recently at Wagholi, which will process wet and dry garbage. “Now the trial process is carried out. After a week, the actual collection of garbage from residential and commercial societies will start,” he said.

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