Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had invited applications for the Swachh Puraskar in different categories for promoting cleanliness in the city, but only four nominations have been received.
Earlier, the last date for filing applications for the awards was December 15, but due to the lukewarm response, the civic body is now thinking of extending the deadline for submission of nominations by 15 days. Notably, the PMC had planned to give out as many as 30 different awards.
The civic body has invited applications from families, co-operative housing societies, schools, colleges, non-governmental organisations, public sector establishments and private sector establishments. Five cash prizes ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 21,000 will be given out as part of the awards.
When asked about the situation, Assistant Commissioner of PMC and in-charge of its Solid Waste Management Department Suresh Jagtap said, “Since the PMC has not received the expected response , we are considering extending the deadline for filing nominations. The announcement of the award will take place on January 20 and the award will be given on January 26.”
The PMC announced this award to encourage people who are adopting novel ideas for solid waste management and keeping their areas clean. This initiative also aims at creating a conducive atmosphere for cleanliness in localities and to identify model projects that can be replicated. However, it seems that the PMC has failed to convey its message to the masses.