Pune: Sahaya Single Window and Public Toilet Management and Maintenance Committee, Vishrantwadi launched Swachha Vasti Abhiyan in support of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti. Deputy Mayor Dr Siddharth Dhende inaugurated Swachha Vasti Campaign, an initiative to keep 10 urban poor settlements in Pune city clean.
"Active participation of poor women to keep their 'vasti clean is remarkable. An initiative of community-led Sahaya Single Window with the engagement of deprived women from 10 different settlements to keep vasti clean and healthy is praiseworthy," said Dhende.
He further added that the PMC will study the guidelines of Swachh Bharat Mission and establish community management committees as mentioned in the guidelines on a priority basis in poor settlements with the support of Sahaya Single Window.
After the inauguration of programme, community women raised their grievances with the local representative. Ilayachi Waghari, one of the residents said, "Most women in the community sell plastic utensils by taking old clothes for a whole day. Water comes at 3 am till six am. How can we stock the water in the night?"
Anju Waghari, a community representative, voiced their problem of lack of street lights in the settlement and supply of unclean drinking water from the PMC and requested them to change the pipeline.
Local representative Daniel Landge assured them that he will immediately table a proposal about special budgets for a new pipeline for the supply of drinking water. "Necessary arrangement like replacing street lights, putting additional poles and other repairing work will be done immediately and till this weekend, street lights will be on in the settlement," said Landge.
Member of Public Toilet Management and Maintenance Committee, Vishrantwadi, Kantabai Dhende said, "Public awareness will be made about the schemes and services of cleanliness, health and garbage disposal by the trained women representatives under the Swachh Vasti Campaign for 15 days.
Health inspectors of Yerawada Zone of the PMC Archana Kanade and community representatives Asha Kamble, Meena Waghri, Arvind Bhingardeve, Ilayachi Waghri and Girish Waghri took special efforts for organising this programme.