PMC looks to citizens to resolve garbage problem

The civic body is now banking on citizens to help it resolve the burgeoning problem of garbage.

After garbage at Uruli Devachi and Phursungi depot caught fire last week, the residents of these two villages have renewed their fight against dumping of city’s waste on their premises.

Expecting their agitation to intensify in the coming days, the civic body wants the citizens to facilitate solution to the mounting problem that garbage has become over the years.

As a part of this endeavour, the PMC has appealed to the citizens and housing societies to segregate garbage, set up compost pits on their society premises and cooperate with the civic body to establish small garbage processing units in their own localities.

Solid waste department head Suresh Jagtap said the civic body has been working with many housing societies, encouraging them to process garbage at source. “Currently , housing societies in the city are processing about 60 tonnes of garbage daily. There are many societies where citizens are involved in maintaining vermi-compost pits. If more number of societies and citizens come forward to assist the PMC, finding a solution to the garbage menace will be easy“ Jagtap said.

Civic officials said small bio-gas projects at ward levels are being opposed by the resi dents. As the result, the PMC is facing a huge task of convincing local corporators and citizens to help them set up processing units. “Citizens’ participation is key to solve the problem…We have created it so the onus lies on us to solve it too,“ Satish Khot of National Society of Clean Cities said.

Source : TOI

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