’Pune to be 100 pc dumping free city in next 18 months’

ST Correspondent
Monday, 31 July 2017

Mumbai: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced in the State Assembly on Monday that Pune will be 100 per cent dumping-free city in the next 18 months as the government is working on a system to make compost from waste and power generation from waste at Pune.

He was replying to a question raised by opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil about municipal corporations and issues related to urban development.

Mumbai: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced in the State Assembly on Monday that Pune will be 100 per cent dumping-free city in the next 18 months as the government is working on a system to make compost from waste and power generation from waste at Pune.

He was replying to a question raised by opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil about municipal corporations and issues related to urban development.

Fadnavis said the issue of solid waste of Pune city is becoming serious. “The government has allotted land at Vadgaon Khurd for segregation of dry and wet solid waste, where the dry waste can be recycled and the wet waste can be used for compost,” said Fadnavis.

“From May 1, in all major cities garbage segregation has been made mandatory. The wet garbage is being used for compost. All councils and corporations will produce composted manure that will be branded as ‘Maha Harit City Compost’ and will be supplied to farmers,” said Fadnavis.

Panchgani, Vita, Saswad and Yavatmal local bodies have already started these projects. “This compost will be tested in the laboratory and after finding it fertile, it will be supplied to farmers,” he said.

“For Pune, the government has given land at Vadgaon Khurd for scientific segregation of 50 tonnes of waste, where the compost will be made from wet garbage. At Ramtekdi, a power generation plant will be installed in the next few months. About 750 tonnes of garbage will be processed at Ramwadi from which electricity will be generated. It will stop garbage dumping in Pune,” he said.

Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan raised the issue of compensation to the local bodies against Local Body Tax (LBT). In reply, Fadnavis said there is no delay from the government in giving grants for GST. Rs 1,385 crore was given to all the municipal corporations in July and Rs 647 crore to BMC.

“Rs 7,613 crore given to municipal corporations and councils as development fund and this amount is twice that of last 3 years. We are also giving funds for completing remaining works under JNNURM and gave Rs 10,000 crore for this. The government is working to finish 140 projects, which are pending 8 to 10 years. Of these, 46 projects are completed, 64 will be completed by December and remaining will finish by 2019. The government is spending Rs 8,000 crore on this,” Fadnavis said.

“The government is making building permissions in all municipal corporations online. Now online permission will be given for construction up to 500 sq ft home in State excluding Mumbai and MMR region without additional scrutiny. It will be online and human intervention-free building permission system, that will be launched in all municipal councils on August 3,” he said.

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