Pune: Purandar, where the proposed Pune International Airport will be constructed in a few years, is suffering due to garbage being dumped on all entry-exit points and the various natural ghats on almost all sides of the tehsil's border.
Bopdev Ghat, Dive Ghat and most of the roads are being dumped with waste furniture, broken items, worn-out mattresses, pillows, thermocol, bottles, plastic etc. The Mari Aai ghat road from the taluka is used to go to Satara highway near Khedshivapur. Farmers have also started dumping their garbage at the makeshift market near Wagh-Dongar on their way out of the city. Generally, tons of garbage is dumped every day by the urban commuters, motorists and even the nearby residents.
The natural and clean environment in all the ghats in Purandar has been disturbed by this waste. Overall, this foul-smelling waste is welcoming citizens to the tehsil. In fact, sanitisation and hygiene are more important now than before in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak. It is the waste dumpers who are doing the work of harming the environment and nature. Therefore, action should be taken against such persons, demanded environmentalists.
In the Wagh-Dongar area, near the Mari Aai, Dive and Bopdev ghat roads and on the road to Pune in Saswad city and even in the river basin, irresponsible citizens are seen throwing garbage from their vehicles.
Also, as hotels, permit rooms, bars are closed, there is a large amount of garbage including liquor bottles dumped by drunkards around the city, in the fields, on roads and in open spaces. It has been raining continuously for the last ten to twelve days due to which foul smell is prevalent everywhere.
Amit Pawase, Environmentalist from Saswad said, "Most of the cities in Maharashtra have shone in the clean survey. Currently, the villages are also gleaming. However, alert citizens should take photos of the already dumped garbage and the container vehicles dumping waste along the ghats and hand them over to the police. The action won't be taken against such irresponsible people until pressure is built on them."