Pimpri: Following three months of its launch, the solid waste segregation drive started by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has failed to pick up the pace. Urban local bodies are expected to achieve a target of 30 per cent waste segregation by the end of August. However, the PCMC is far behind in achieving the target.
Against the backdrop of this failure, the civic body is now planning to hire a private agency to create awareness among the masses as well as to manage door- to-door collection and segregation of waste in the city. So far, the civic body could able to segregate only 24 metric tonnes out of more than 750 metric tonnes of daily waste per day.
The PCMC had kicked of a drive to segregate wet and dry waste on World Environment Day i.e. on June 5. Now the private agency will manage door-to-door collection of segregated waste, encouraging decentralised processing and transportation of waste to the Moshi garbage depot for a period of eight years in all 64 wards.
The corporation has invited bids in this regard, wherein bidders have to prepare a solid waste management plan within six months according to the solid waste management rules 2016 and undertake pilot case studies on waste reuse, recycle, diversion and decentralised waste processing.
The selected agency will have to install vehicle tracking system for all waste management vehicles. The agency will also have to conduct public awareness campaign on garbage segregation and implement composting pits at various gardens for processing five tonnes of waste at each spot.
Owing to a lack of response from citizens, the PCMC has so far succeeded in segregating around 20 metric tonnes of wet waste and 4 metric tonnes of dry waste.
Over 750 metric tonnes of waste is generated in the city daily and the percentage of the segregated garbage is merely 3 per cent of total waste generation.