Pune: Due to lack of proper disposal of garbage at Uttam Nagar, cases of dengue and chikungunya are increasing among children and elderly. The condition has become worse after the area was included in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)
limits in November.
PMC, without any pre-planning, is now dumping the garbage of the whole area on the banks of Mutha river near Uttam Nagar.
Earlier, the Gram Panchayat was responsible for disposal of the garbage. Kashinath Dhumal, former deputy sarpanch of Uttam Nagar, said, “Since two to three years, there has been an increase in the number of chikungunya and dengue cases.
Disposal of garbage is not done at the proper time and it is increasing every day. Gram Panchayat used to burn it or dispose it regularly but after PMC has taken charge, they are not doing their job properly.”
Sameer Nikam, President of Clean River Society NGO, said, “Garbage vans of PMC are unloading the garbage on the banks of Mutha river, and the garbage is now going into the river, polluting it. As there is no dumping ground provided for Uttam Nagar, PMC is reluctant to make a proper dumping ground. If the issue is not solved within two weeks, we are going to take out a protest march for the same.”
According to Vijay Ingale, a social worker from Uttam Nagar, plastic, paper and chocolate wrappers get carried away with strong winds and enter residential buildings. “The garbage has increased so much that slowly it is entering into the homes of people living near the river bank,” he said.
Ingale added, “Animals are also eating the plastic waste. Earlier, the Gram Panchayat used to solve our problems quickly, but now processing a complaint with PMC takes a long time.”
Suresh Jagtap, Sanitation Officer of PMC, said, “We are now making budget provision to dispose of the garbage. We are going to make a proper garbage disposal area in Uttam Nagar.
This will take more than three months and until that time, there is no option but to dump the garbage in the same place.”