PUNE: The corporators of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) are resisting the decision to stop the purchase and free distribution of plastic dustbins for segregation of dry and wet garbage.
The administration had mentioned in its proposal that the municipal administration will make the purchase of dustbins only for civic body use, which will have more capacity. Right now, PMC has stopped purchasing dustbins despite a provision of Rs 2.5 crore in budget 2018-19. The administration wants a clear policy on dustbin purchasing for solid waste management.
Following the resistance from corporators, the Standing Committee has taken a decision to discuss this with all political party leaders in a meeting and to allow corporators to spend some amount from their funds to purchase dustbins every year.
PMC administration had appealed the Standing Committee to draft a policy on dustbins and use existing funds allocated for the purchase and distribution of dustbins having 80 litres capacity in commercial areas instead of allowing the purchase of dustbins for free distribution to housing societies. Committee members discussed this in the meeting on Wednesday, however, it has not been approved.
Chairman of Standing Committee Yogesh Mulik said, "We discussed the policy but we have not approved the administration's proposal. Corporators say that they should be allowed to allocate funds to purchase dustbins instead of stopping the scheme entirely. Corporators said that they should be allowed to utilise funds to purchase dustbins from corporators' funds. Therefore, we have decided to discuss the policy in detail with all political party leaders. After that, the decision will be taken."