PUNE: Residents of Wagholi can expect some respite from the daily problem of garbage disposal as the Wagholi Gram Panchayat is all set to deploy 20 garbage vans. It will also recruit 20 women guards for collection of garbage from housing societies.
Residents of Wagholi have been protesting against the illegal dumping of garbage on the open space. The Gram Panchayat is yet to find a plot for garbage processing, but talks are going on.
The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has given 15 garbage vans to the local authority, which already had five vans which were not in use as there was no space for dumping or treating waste.
Madhukar Daate, Village Development Officer, Wagholi, said, “We have 15 garbage vans given by PMRDA in January 2019 and the Gram Panchayat has its five vans but due to lack of space for treatment of dry and wet waste, the vans were not in operation.”
According to residents, the panchayat has not followed the schedule to pick up garbage which leads to dumping of garbage in open spaces.
Sanjeev Kumar, Director, Wagholi Housing Societies Association (WHSA), said, “Wagholi Gram Panchayat passed a special resolution in September 2018 to set up two garbage processing units and to process over 60 tonnes garbage in a specific way daily. Since the plant has not been in operation the garbage was dumped in the entire stretch of Nagar Road. Likewise, the local authority too has not been following the alternate day schedule to pick up garbage. We made several complaints and launched several campaigns, but local authority has kept mum on it.”
Dinanath Sapkal, resident of New Villa Housing Society in Wagholi, said, “The Gram Panchayat has failed to give a permanent solution to the problem of open garbage dumping. Residents face serious health and respiratory issues.”
Shivdas Ubale, Member of Wagholi Gram Panchayat, said, “We have been looking for a piece of land for composting wet waste and were in talks with some private land owners who agreed to give us land for composting, but on some conditions. Within a week we will start composting wet waste while the dry waste will be sent to local scrap dealers.”
According to the Sarpanch of Wagholi GP Vasundhara Ubale, the Gram Panchayat has sent the proposal to the district collector and after possession of land they will resume the wet and dry waste collection from households.