PMC to launch mobile app to collect sanitary waste

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 6 January 2018

To avoid this, the PMC is now planning to set up a system for collection of sanitary napkins and its disposal at all 41 wards.

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will soon launch a mobile app to facilitate collection of sanitary napkins in the city. This system is likely to come into effect from the next month. The app will connect the agency with the end users and facilitate collection and disposal of sanitary waste.

Previously, the PMC had appointed an agency to do the task. However, there were no proper checks on the work done by this agency and many had previously raised doubts about this agency’s work. 

To avoid this, the PMC is now planning to set up a system for collection of sanitary napkins and its disposal at all 41 wards. Against the backdrop of this, Chairperson of Women and Child Development Department at PMC, Rani Bhosale had made a suggestion that the PMC should establish a system to connect women in the city through civic body’s Pune connect initiative. Acting promptly on the suggestion given by Bhosale, the municipal commissioner discussed this matter with the respective department. 

On an average, 20 tonnes of sanitary waste is generated in the city. 

Since waste pickers do not collect this waste, it has become a major issue in the city. In order to overcome this problem, the PMC has introduced an initiative to collect sanitary napkins from schools, colleges and offices in the city and the PMC has allocated significant fund for this purpose. Special dustbins were installed in the housing societies of the city. However, it has come to the notice that door to door collection is not taking place in the city. 

Bhosale said, “The proposal has been submitted to the civic administration and it is acting on the same and all efforts will be taken to make the proposal a success. People deployed for the collection of sanitary waste will collect the waste if women send a message using this platform.”

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