PMC wants policy on purchasing small dustbins

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Pune Municipal Corporation Commissioner Saurabh Rao has submitted a proposal before the Standing Committee to make a policy on the purchase and distribution of free dustbins for housing societies in the city.

PUNE: Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to stop the purchase and distribution of plastic dustbins currently distributed at housing societies for disposal of dry and wet garbage. The civic body has appealed the Standing Committee to draft a policy on dustbins and use existing allocated funds for the purchase and distribution of dustbins having 80 litres capacity in commercial areas and stop allowing the purchase of dustbins for free distribution to housing societies.

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Commissioner Saurabh Rao has submitted a proposal before the Standing Committee to make a policy on the purchase and distribution of free dustbins for housing societies in the city. The committee is expected to announce the decision on the policy during Tuesday’s meeting. The administration has also mentioned in the proposal that the municipal administration will make the purchase of dustbins only for civic body use, which will have more capacity.

Joint Municipal Commissioner of Solid Waste Management of PMC Dnyaneshwar Molak said, “Solid Waste Management Department wants to stop purchasing and distributing small dustbins (7.50 litre). Instead of that, the department wants to use funds for purchasing litter bins, which have a capacity of 80 litres..” 

Deputy Municipal Commissioner of PMC Store Department Tushar Daundkar said, “In the 2018-19 budget, PMC has allotted Rs 2.5 crore for small dustbins. We have not floated a single tender in this year.” 

As per the Solid Waste Management Department’s statistics, the PMC purchased around 13 lakh plastic dustbins from 2003-04 to 2016-18. It made a provision of Rs 2.5 crore in budget-2018-19. Therefore, corporators are demanding to purchase plastic dustbins and the figure is around 3.5 lakh. 

Also, the civic body requires 42,000 litter bins (80 litres of capacity). However, PMC’s Store Department has stopped all the purchases. Now, the administration has suggested the Standing Committee to take a final decision by making a policy.

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