Ruling BJP wants civic body to resume garbage collection

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 5 May 2018

PCMC had stopped collecting wet garbage waste from societies from April 1

Pimpri: Despite Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) giving adequate time for bigger housing societies to create composting units to treat wet waste, it seems a majority of them have not created one. Now as PCMC has stopped the collection of wet waste from housing socialites having more than 100 flats from April 1, this year, the ruling party leaders are trying to influence the civic body to change its decision stating health hazard. 

BJP's city unit chief and MLA Laxman Jagtap recently asked the civic body to resume collection of wet garbage from these societies for some more days. 

MLA Laxman Jagtap said, ”As Health workers have stopped collecting the wet garbage in the big housing societies the waste is piling up in these localities. It is leading to a health problem for the citizens. So PCMC should give more time for the installation of waste disposal units” Jagtap added that until then, the corporation should continue to accept wet garbage from these societies." 

PCMC's health executive officer Manoj Lonkar said, " We have received correspondence in this regard from political leadership. The civic body should take appropriate decision in this regard." 
In the absence of scientific disposal of waste, Waste management has become a major challenge for PCMC. Despite spending crores on waste management the condition of garbage remains the same. 

Due to non-cooperation from the citizens, it has become difficult for the civic body to achieve significant progress on that front. 
The official shared that due to political pressure cutting across the party line, the civic body is being forced to take a populist stand. Therefore the garbage problem is getting worse with every passing day. 

According to the provisions of solid waste management rule 2016, it is legally mandatory to segregate wet and dry waste. The civic body will only collect segregated dry waste from societies those generate more than 100 Kgs of wet waste per day. 

Therefore it was made mandatory to install waste composting unit in every society. 

The municipal corporation had also given the deadline till 31 March for the arrangement of the waste composting unit. 
Thereafter from April 1 waste collection from these societies was stopped. 

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