PUNE: It seems the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) needs to learn a lesson from its counterpart in Pimpri Chinchwad. The civic body there has chalked out an elaborate plan.
PCMC has planned a drive to collect the existing plastic be it bags or other packaging material stocked and stored for domestic and commercial use. On the other hand, the Solid Waste Management cell at PMC is simply asking citizens to hand over plastic waste at Arogya Kothi located in each ward.
Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will conduct the plastic collection drive on April 19, 20 and 21 by setting up collection centres at prominent places like markets, malls and ward offices. Manoj Lonkar, Executive Health Officer of PCMC, said, “We are carrying out raids every day at commercial places to seize plastic material sold by the traders.” Lonkar added they are going to set up 25 to 30 plastic collection centres at public places facilitating citizens to get rid of plastic stocked with them.
When Sakal Times reporter contacted PMC to know if the civic body will be taking similar efforts to dispose of plastic waste, Suresh Jagtap, head of Solid Waste Management Department of PMC shared that awareness is being created through social media platforms appealing people to hand over plastic at their nearest Arogya Kothi located in each ward. Jagtap added, “We are asking people to deposit all kinds of plastic to the nearest Arogya Kothi - smaller offices of sanitation department located in each ward. There are 15 wards in PMC limits with 180 Arogya Kothis. Till April 19, people should deposit plastic material there.”
He said that till now the civic body has seized 12 tonnes of plastic from 200 to 250 traders in city. He added that the seized plastic will be used refuse-derived fuel.
The PCMC health officer shared that the collected plastic will be used for making of fuel. Lonkar added, “After conducting this drive, the collected plastic will be taken to Moshi dumping yard and be used to prepare fuel for a proposed plant which will come up in the yard.”
Both the civic body officials mentioned that once the one month period alloted by State government is over, if anyone is held using plastic again, the person would be fined Rs 5000 for the first offence, Rs 10,000 for second offence and the person will be prosecuted for his/her third offence.