Pune’s air quality declining, e-waste increasing: ESR

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 26 July 2018

The PMC stated in the report that PM-10 and PM-2.5 particles have been increasing in the city air over the last few years

Pune: The city’s air quality has drastically gone down, according to the Environmental Status Report (ESR) for 2017-18. The report has also introduced an air quality action plan. The report expresses worry about increasing electronic waste (e-waste) due to IT sector and highlights the need to set up collection centres in the city.

On Thursday, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) released the ESR in which the PMC pointed out the deteriorating air quality and initiated a plan to tackle it.  

The PMC stated in the report that PM-10 and PM-2.5 particles have been increasing in the city air over the last few years. The PMC pointed out that building construction activities, traffic congestion, increased vehicle numbers, burning garbage on open land are some of the major reasons for declining air quality in the city.  

The PMC has initiated Air Quality Action Plan which includes urban street design, road development, pothole-free roads, introducing electrical buses and providing CNG kits to autorickshaws. 

The plan also includes replacing old PMPML buses with new, promoting CNG vehicles and cycles, increasing green space in the city, planting trees in the city, prohibiting burning of garbage, increasing ready mix material in construction, installng solar panels and electrical machines in the crematorium.                 

Increasing e-waste in city 
The PMC has expressed concern about increasing e-waste in the city. 
The civic body said that changing lifestyle, increasing urbanisation and industrialisation, electronic goods are increasing. Technology is changing and therefore old gadgets cannot be reused and they are 
creating waste.  

Pune city, PCMC, Cantonment area and Hinjawadi are generating e-waste. These areas generate around 10,000 tonnes of e-waste. 

According to the PMC, the city is facing e-waste problem and the corporation has decided to set up e-collection centres. The PMC stated that areas like Baner, Kharadi and Hadapsar area generate e-waste due to presence of IT companies in this area. Besides people are using electronic gadgets. Old TV sets, music systems, radios, mobiles, ovens, computers, printers, mobile and laptop batteries are included in e-waste. 

Suresh Jagtap, Head of Solid Waste Management Department said, “We are taking steps to collect e-waste in the city. In the district, there are 10,000 tonnes of e-waste.  Pune city generates 4,000 tonnes of e-waste annually. IT companies are located in Kharadi, Hadapsar, Baner-Balewadi and Shivajinagar areas. We have set up e-waste collection centres in various parts of the city.” 

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