Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has been appealing to people to pay money voluntarily to waste pickers’ for their services. However, there has been no response from citizens.
Now, the civic administration has decided to levy a service charge on individual households to sort out the issue. On Thursday, Sachin Dodke of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) from Warje-Malwadi demanded in the general body meeting withdrawal of SWaCH (NGO involved in solid waste collection) from his ward as their work is not satisfactory.
With reference to his demand, Additional Municipal Commissioner Rajendra Nimbalkar said, “SWaCH collects solid waste door-to-door. The PMC has given a contract to them. However, it was revealed that these waste pickers collect garbage at certain societies only. Their work is also not satisfactory. The PMC pays around Rs 3.45 crore as administrative charges to the NGO for collecting garbage door-to-door as subsidy.”
He said, “The PMC is preparing a policy on the issue, which will be tabled after a month. The city’s garbage problem is worsening day-by-day. We have to take appropriate steps to tackle it. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has already raised a question about the garbage processing. It has slapped a fine of Rs 2 crore on the PMC. Therefore, it is time people should pay the service charge.”
According to the data provided by the PMC, it has been charging a nominal amount for garbage processing, which collectively amounts to Rs 200 crore. However, it spends around Rs 400 crore on garbage processing.