Pune: Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) Estimate Committee has taken objection to the installation of sanitary napkin disposable machines at a cost of Rs 13 crore at 35 places in the city.
Now, the Standing Committee has to recall the tender for the vending machines. Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar took the decision to call for tenders of vending machines without taking a call from the Estimate Committee.
The city generates around 1,500 tonnes of garbage daily. Out of this, 650 tonnes is picked up by ragpickers in the city, which consists of 20 tonnes of sanitary napkins and diapers. These are directly thrown on roadside, toilets, riversides and nallas. It is harmful to ragpickers.
Hence, the corporation took the decision to install sanitary napkins disposable machines at various places in the city.
In 15 ward offices, the corporation identified 35 locations to place the machines. Shiv Sena corporators Bala Oswal and Nana Bhangire and Congress corproator Ravindra Dhangekar took objection to the tender saying rates of disposable machines are high and inflated.
On Thursday, the Estimate Committee discussed the rates approved by the Standing Committee.
They found that the rates are high and inflated. Hence, the Standing Committee took the decision to recall the tender and table it before estimate committee once again.
Suresh Jagtap, Head of Solid Waste Management of the corporation, said, “Department had tabled a tender before the Estimate Committee in October 2017, but no decision was taken by the committee. Hence, the department floated a tender and sent it to the Standing Committee for approval. However, now the Estimate Committee has taken the decision to cancel the tender and call for a new tender of vending machines.”