PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has started the work of removing hyacinth from various parts of the Mula-Mutha river. At present, the PMC has been concentrating on the Mundhwa jackwell area. The work was delayed due to the Model Code of Conduct. Now, the PMC is using its manpower to remove hyacinth.
In February 2019, the PMC scrapped a tender for removal of hyacinth as opposition parties alleged corruption in the tender. Meanwhile, the Model Code of Conduct was imposed and all tender processes were stopped. People started registering complaints due to the presence of hyacinth. Now, the PMC decided to start work to remove hyacinth with available manpower and machinery. The PMC is using two JCB machines, three boats and two spider machines and 40 employees to complete this task.
PMC Assistant Medical officer Suryakant Devkar said, “We have started the work to remove hyacinth from the water bodies. There is a major problem in Mundhwa Jackwell area in Mula-Mutha river. All hyacinth has flowed down to Mundhwa jackwell where Khadakwasla Irrigation Circle placed a gate to stop water. So, we have given priority to remove hyacinth from that area. The residents around the Mundhwa area are facing mosquito problems. After removing hyacinth, it will be solved.”
Out of 15 ward offices, Mula-Mutha River is passing through the area which falls under seventh ward office. However, Aundh and Warje are the most affected areas of water hyacinth. PMC Health Department has declared they are short of machinery and manpower to clear hyacinth.”
Bopodi and Mundwa residents face the maximum problem. Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) pushes hyacinth in PMC area. Bopodi is adjacent to PCMC limits. So, they face the problem more compared to other ward offices. Mundwa is close to Mundhwa Jackwell where the PMC has put up gates to stop river water. So, all hyacinth stops there.