PUNE: The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has given a ‘warning notice’ to Wagholi Gram Panchayat, the third since 2016, to solve the garbage dumping and burning problem in the area. The action comes after repeated complaints by the Wagholi Housing Societies Association (WHSA), a group of 200 housing societies.
The association approached MPCB regarding inaction of Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) in this matter as well. Sanjeev Kumar Patil, Director, WHSA said, “Wagholi is growing at a very fast pace, but there is no concrete plan from Wagholi Gram Panchayat. In spite of our complaints and regular follow-ups, garbage dumping and burning is still going on. We thought the PMRDA office will take suo motu cognisance of the issue. However, action is missing from their end too. Hence, we have been forced to file a formal written complaint against the concerned authorities.”
In the third notice, MPCB stated: “It is obligatory on your part to take all necessary measures for prevention and control of pollution to manage municipal solid waste and sewage generating from gram panchayat. The office has received a complaint of air pollution due to the dumping of solid waste and sewage by gram panchayat at Wagholi gaothan which creates a nuisance of smoke and foul smell due to fire. After verification of this complaint, this office issued instruction letters, reference letter dated January 21, 2016, and May 19, 2017, to your gram panchayat. It was informed that it is obligatory on your part to process solid waste scientifically as per Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. It is also obligatory part that as per Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 clause 15, it is necessary to act accordingly.”
Ramkrushna Satav, Deputy Sarpanch of Wagholi Gram Panchayat said, “We are trying to solve the problems at our level. We are in talks with 3-4 agencies about this issue.”
A SERIOUS HEALTH HAZARD
- WHSA claimed that as per the government record 30 tonnes of garbage was being dumped in Wagholi on a daily basis.
- 2,000 tonnes of garbage is still lying in the yard which is being burnt by gram panchayat authorities every day.
- Due to the continuous burning and dumping, residents of housing societies, along with other residents are facing serious health and respiratory issues, which may result in long-term diseases.