कचऱ्याचे ढीग, दुर्गंधी अन्‌ डासांचा प्रादुर्भाव

पिंपरी – रस्त्यांलगत कचऱ्याचे ढीग, पसरलेली दुर्गंधी, डासांचा प्रादुर्भाव, बांधकामांचा राडारोडा असे टप्प्याटप्प्यावर दिसणारे चित्र आंतरराष्ट्रीय स्तरावर नावारूपाला आलेल्या हिंजवडी गावात बघायला मिळते. मैलापाण्यापाठोपाठ “कचरा‘ ही हिंजवडीतील गंभीर समस्या. नव्हे, प्रत्यक्ष आयटी पार्क आणि हिंजवडी परिसरात हे चित्र मोठाच विरोधाभास दर्शविते. झपाट्याने वाढलेल्या लोकसंख्येमुळे ग्रामपंचायतीवर येणारा अतिरिक्त ताण आणि दुसरीकडे एमआयडीसीची कुचकामी यंत्रणा, यामुळे हिंजवडी गावठाणाला बकाल स्वरूप प्राप्त झाले आहे.
कचऱ्याच्या ढिगामध्ये अन्नाचा शोध घेणाऱ्या पिसाळलेल्या कुत्र्याने एका लहान मुलावर हल्ला केल्याची घटना आजही अनेकांच्या स्मरणात आहे. मात्र येथील बहुतांश हॉटेल्समधील कचरा अशाप्रकारे उघड्यावर टाकला जातो. अनेक ठिकाणचा कचरा महिनोन्‌महिने उचलला जात नसल्याने ढीग लागलेले पाहायला मिळतात. बहुतांश ठिकाणी कचरा इतस्ततः विखुरल्याचे दिसते. कचरा वेळेत न उचलला गेल्याने तो कुजून परिसरात दुर्गंधी पसरली असून, नागरिकांच्या आरोग्याचा प्रश्‍न गंभीर झाला आहे.

राडारोडा रस्त्यावरच
माण- हिंजवडी रस्ता तसेच नदीकडे जाणाऱ्या “एमआयडीसी‘च्या भूखंडावर कचऱ्याचे साम्राज्य निर्माण झाले आहे. या भूखंडावरील बांधकाम रखडल्याने तेथे दलदलीचे स्वरूप आले आहे. येथील साचलेल्या दूषित पाण्यामुळे डासांचा मोठा प्रादुर्भाव झाला आहे. एवढेच नव्हे, तर एमआयडीसीने टाकलेल्या “स्टॉर्म वॉटर‘ वाहिनीमध्ये चहाच्या कपांचा खच पाहायला मिळतो. “आयटी पार्क‘वर नजर ठेवून सुरू असलेल्या खासगी बांधकाम व्यावसायिकांनी बांधकामांचा राडारोडा थेट रस्त्यांवर टाकण्यात धन्यता मानली आहे.

कुचकामी एमआयडीसी
हिंजवडी ग्रामपंचायतीचे सदस्य नागेश साखरे म्हणाले, “”कचरा संकलन आणि विल्हेवाट या कामी ग्रामपंचायत महिन्याला सहा लाख रुपये खर्च करते. औद्योगिक परिसरातील कचरा उचलण्यासाठी एमआयडीसीची स्वतंत्र यंत्रणा आहे. मात्र ही यंत्रणा कुचकामी असल्यानेच कचऱ्याचा प्रश्‍न गंभीर बनला आहे. या यंत्रणेमार्फत औद्योगिक परिसरातील कचरा संकलित करून तो गावाच्या वेशीवर नेऊन टाकला जातो. अनेकदा आम्ही त्याबाबत एमआयडीसीकडे लेखी तक्रारीही केल्या आहेत. मात्र त्यालाही केराची टोपली दाखविली जाते.‘‘
– सकाळ वृत्तसेवा

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Compost creates surplus troubles for PMC

With more than 2,000 tonnes of excess, the civic body hopes its ties with Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers will solve the problem
Containing the garbage generated from the city has been a knotty affair for quite some time now. The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) effort to find a veritable solution seems to have hit a roadblock with more than 2,000 tonnes of compost lying idle at city’s depots. The civic body hopes to permanently tie up with the government undertaking company, Rashtriya Chemicals Fertilizers (RCF) to solve problem of compost.According to the PMC’s statistics, garbage depots generate 9,000 tonnes of fertilisers every month from the plants located at Hadapsar. The civic body has continuously appealed to the farmers to pick up composts from these plants. The response to their call wasn’t great leading to surplus compost generation. The PMC has managed to sell a mere 2,000 tonnes till date. With plants located in Aundh, Koregaon Park and Ramtekdi, total of 10 tonnes of compost is created every month.

Sanjay Gawade, assistant munici pal commissioner, said, “The civic body uses its own products as compost in its gardens. Otherwise, we are aggressively marketing the product.Currently, farmers are not buying compost in large quantities.“

The compost is available in two varieties, half-processed and fully-processed. Farmers prefer the former one due to cheap rates.

“The fully processed variety is more expensive, which makes it less popular. The civic administration is already in talks with RCF to sell its product. The company has been given samples,“ Gawade informed.

The RCF will carry out research and suggest measures to make it more useful for farmers. “Standard related to the fertilisers’ ingredients will be set so that its marketing can be done properly,“ he added.

Composting of waste, carried out at the PMC plants, is an aerobic (in the presence of air) method of decomposing solid waste. The process involves decomposition of organic waste into humus known as compost which is a good fertiliser for plants. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming. At the simplest level, the process of composting simply requires making a heap of wetted organic matter known as green waste (leaves, food waste) and waiting for the materials to break down into humus after a period of weeks or months.

The city generates nearly 1,600 metric tonnes of garbage every day. Of that, nearly 250 tonnes is wet garbage, 850 tonnes dry and 500 tonnes mixed garbage. Civic officials say that of the total garbage generated in the city every day, around 15% is plastic. The quantity is growing daily as the population increases. Processing all the garbage is a big issue due to non-availability of sites in the city.

Source : Mirror

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Biogas plant to come up in Moshi to treat hotel waste

About 50 metric tonne of hotel waste in Pimpri Chinchwad would be processed and turned into biogas.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has earmarked a 2,000 sqm area for the biogas plant at the Moshi garbage depot. The plant will be constructed on public-private partnership basis by private contractors.

The civic body has invited bids to set up the facility for collection, transportation, preliminary segregation and shredding of hotel waste. The contractor or the private agency will have to raise finances for the construction of the biogas plant, operate and maintain it for 20 years. The contractor or the agency will be allowed to sell the biogas.

Sanjay Kulkarni, executive engineer, environment cell, PCMC, said the contractor has to collect, transport and process the hotel waste in the city. “A primary processing will be done at the PCMC’s garbage transfer stations to remove inorganic waste like thermocol or plastic plates, plastic spoons and others from the hotel waste,“ he said. While the current popu lation of Pimpri Chinchwad is 21 lakh, around 750 to 800 metric tonnes of solid waste is generated every day . The PCMC has appointed private contractors to collect solid waste and transport it to the Moshi garbage depot. Of the 750 tonnes, around 50 tonnes is hotel waste.

A civic official said the PCMC has been constantly upgrading its capacities to handle the increasing quantity of solid waste.

Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the civic body has constructed mechanical treatment plants, constructed a scientific landfill site in about 54,000 sqm area, and procured special auto vehicles (which have separate compartments).These vehicles go to housing societies and residential colonies to collect garbage. It has also distributed two dustbins to over 4.5 lakh households for segregation of organic and inorganic waste. However, the garbage is not segregated.

Source : TOI

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GARBAGE DISPOSAL – Landfill sites: Tribunal seeks amended plea

Petition Against PMC To Be Confined To Relocation
The hearing of the plea against unscientific disposal of garbage by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) would now be confined to the main prayer of relocation of the landfill sites from Uruli Devachi and Phursungi and the consequential issues arising from it.The National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench on Tuesday directed the applicants to amend their plea, restricting the matter to the main prayer and furnish copies of the amended plea to PMC, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and other respondents. “The matter will now be heard on August 17,“ said lawyer Asim Sarode, who is representing the applicants.

Pune generates close to 1,600 tonnes of muncipal solid waste every day . A bulk of this is dumped at the landfill sites in Uruli Devachi and Phursungi. There are 25 other smaller landfill sites across the city with a capacity to take in 40 to 50 tonnes of waste every day .

The MPCB’s approval to the garbage disposal plant for these sites had lapsed a long time ago and the plant has since been shut down. The PMC has claimed that only capping of garbage is done at these sites.The villagers have contested this claim, citing unscientific ways adopted by the PMC to dispose of garbage.

Bhagwan Bhadale and others from Uruli Devachi and Phursungi had filed the plea last year, seeking the tribunal’s directions on as many as 32 prayers for compliance by PMC and other regulatory authorities.

They argued that the continued disposal of garbage at the two landfill sites posed an environmental risk and was badly affecting the health of villagers.

In May this year, they filed four miscellaneous pleas seeking, among other things, inspection of the landfill sites by an independent commision of the tribunal and examination of all civic and district officials and politicians who were involved in decision-making over these sites.

On Tuesday , though, they withdrew the four miscellaneous pleas after the bench asked them why they needed an inspection when their main prayer is for relocation of the landfill sites.

The bench also pointed out that it was impractical to deal with 32 prayers and asked the applicants whether they would restrict the matter to the main issue by amending the plea.

Taking up the prayers one by one with Sarode, the bench went on to downsize the matter to the main prayer of relocation of landfill sites and directed the applicants to amend their plea on these terms.

Sarode said, “Many of our prayers have been addressed in the affidavits filed by the MPCB, Central Pollution Control Board, PMC and the state department for urban development.

On the main prayer, we brought to the tribunal’s notice the PMC’s letters to MPCB since 2011 assuring that only capping is done at the sites. The PMC had secured an extension from the MPCB for capping only up to the end of December 2015.“

Supriya Dangare, a lawyer representing MPCB, said, “We will wait for a copy of the amended application as ordered today by the tribunal.“

Source : TOI

Blame game on as canal becomes bane for Cantt residents

Irrigation dept and PMC push cleaning responsibility around as residents face stench and swarms of mosquitoes, fear further issues with rains set to begin
It is unfortunately not uncommon in this city to see its waterbodies, large and small, choked to the brim with garbage and toxic waste nor is it unexpected to find authorities dilly dallying over cleaning these up, leaving surrounding residents and passers-by at regular risk.Now, it is a canal in the Solapur Bazaar area -which takes water from Khadakwasla Dam and ironically joins a purification plant behind St Mary’s School in Cantonment -which has been so blocked with mounds of plastic bags, thermocol sheets and other refuse that local residents have been suffering from a stench and swarms of mosquitoes breeding there for the last 1.5 years.And, expectedly, the concerned authorities are playing a blame game that has left the whole matter festering and unresolved.

The canal belongs to the state irrigation department, with which the task of keeping it clean also lies. However, after ignoring it since 2014, the department has now slid the responsibility in the direction of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), saying that the canal’s water is currently being used for drinking purposes, which makes it the civic body’s maintenance responsibility.

The canal’s water is purified at a plant under the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) and channeled to the city’s east, covering Hadapsar, Yerwada, Vishrantwadi, Kalyani Nagar, Kharadi and Mundhwa.According to officials, only five per cent of this water is distributed under PCB’s jurisdiction.

Reiterating the irrigation department’s stance, official P V Shelar told Mirror, “Since PMC is using the water at the moment, maintenance falls under their jurisdiction. When we use water for irrigation, we keep the canal clean -in fact, we have done so in the past with this one as well. We have already sent a letter to the corporation, asking it to take up the cleaning work as soon as possible.“

However, superintending engineer of the PMC water supply department, V G Kulkarni, asserted, “It is not at all our responsibility. We are already paying more for the canal water than we pay for water from Khadakwasala Dam. It comes under the irrigation department’s jurisdiction and we have not received any letter from them asking us to take up the maintenance work.“

Caught in between, PCB chief engineer Sukhadev Patil said, “We have repeatedly written to the irrigation department, but no one has responded.Water from the canal goes to our treatment plant, where it gets cleaned and is supplied as drinking water to Cantonment areas. Often, even dead bodies of humans and animals float into the water treatment plant. We have had to call in the fire brigade to fish out corpses and carcasses.“ PCB vicepresident Dilip Girmkar echoed, “After the Ganpati festival, the canal gets choked with festive waste and requires urgent cleaning then. PCB had done this cleaning after the festival last year with a JCB machine, but it can only access the upper portion. More advanced machinery is required for cleaning, which the irrigation department has.But, even though the monsoon is poised to begin, they have still not lifted a finger.“

Usually, once the rains begin, there are high chances of canal water getting blocked by the waste, subsequently providing a petri dish for mosquito breeding and vector-borne epidemics.

Quizzed about such possible health issues, PCB health official S R Khandre supplied, “The irrigation department is mum on our communications.If no work is undertaken even within a week, we will have to do it ourselves.“

Patil also said, “Most of the waste comes from the Gultekdi area, where several waste pickers leave their findings in the canal.“ However, Malati Gadgil of NGO Kagad Kaach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), refuted, “While Dias Plot in Gultekdi hosts a waste picker’s colony, it is unlikely that they are disposing of waste in the canal.“

Meanwhile, local residents are frustrated with the status quo. Raju Shah told Mirror, “We have been facing a terrible mosquito problem and the stink for more than a year as no one from the irrigation department has done any cleaning here.Thermocol waste in particular is in abundance here. The source needs to be located.“ Another resident, Bablu Pille, said, “Where is the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan when you need it? This issue will get worse once it starts raining, with overflowing dirty water spreading the filth everywhere.“

Source : Mirror

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पुनवळ्यातील ६५ एकरात नवीन कचरा डेपो

राज्य शासनाने पिंपरी महापालिकेच्या वगळलेल्या क्षेत्राच्या विकास आराखडय़ाला मंजुरी दिली आहे. त्यानुसार, पुनवळ्यातील ६५ एकरात नवीन कचरा डेपो उभारण्यास आणि मोशीतील ‘बफर झोन’ ५०० मीटरऐवजी १०० मीटर करण्यास मुख्यमंत्री देवेंद्र फडणवीस यांनी मान्यता दिली आहे. गेल्या अनेक वर्षांपासून रखडलेल्या आराखडय़ास मान्यता मिळाल्याने समाविष्ट गावांमधील आरक्षणे ताब्यात घेण्याचा मार्ग सुकर झाला असून आतापर्यंत रखडलेली कामेही वेगाने मार्गी लागू शकणार आहेत.

महापालिकेच्या सुधारित विकास आराखडय़ाला १८ सप्टेंबर १९९५ मध्ये राज्य शासनाने मंजुरी दिली होती. पुढे, नोव्हेंबर १९९७ मध्ये िपपरी-चिंचवड नवनगर विकास प्राधिकरणाचे नियंत्रण क्षेत्र महापालिकेत समाविष्ट झाले. ११ सप्टेंबर १९९७ मध्ये हद्दीलगतची १८ गावे महापालिकेत समाविष्ट झाली. या वाढीव हद्दीचा विकास आराखडा २००० मध्ये प्रसिद्ध झाला, त्यास शासनाने आठ वर्षांनंतर १८ ऑगस्ट २००८ मध्ये अंशत: मंजुरी दिली. गेल्या अनेक वर्षांपासून महापालिकेचा वगळलेल्या क्षेत्राचा विकास आराखडा रखडवून ठेवण्यात आला होता. त्यामागे राजकारण होते, तसेच अर्थकारणही होते. त्यामुळे अनेक प्रश्न निर्माण झाले तसेच विकासकामांनाही अडथळा होत होता. सरकार बदलल्यानंतर नव्या मुख्यमंत्र्यांनी या प्रश्नात लक्ष घातले आणि वगळलेल्या क्षेत्राचा विकास आराखडा मंजूर केला. मूळ विकास आराखडय़ातील सार्वजनिक प्रयोजनासाठी आरक्षित केलेल्या जागांच्या वापरात कोणताही फेरबदल करण्यात आलेला नाही. मोशीतील कचरा डेपोच्या बफर झोनची हद्द ५०० मीटरवरून १०० मीटपर्यंत करण्यास मुख्यमंत्र्यांनी मान्यता दिली आहे. पुनावळे येथे कचरा डेपो उभारण्यास त्यांनी मंजुरी दिली आहे. आराखडय़ात मान्यता देताना मुख्यमंत्र्यांनी घेतलेल्या खबरदारीमुळे ‘बिल्डर लॉबी’ आणि धंदेवाईक प्रवृत्तीच्या दलाल नेत्यांचे मनसुबे उधळले आहेत.

स्त्रोत : लोकसत्ता

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Pune municipal corporation installs GPS on garbage vans

PUNE: The Pune municipal corporation (PMC) has installed global positioning system (GPS) devices on a trial basis for three ghanta gadis (garbage collection vans).

PMC officials said this during a meeting of the PMC sanitation staff and members of the National Society for Clean Cities (NSCC).

The officials said that once the trial system is successful, GPS will be installed in all 120 ghanta gadis available in the city.

A separate 12 x 15 sq ft control room is also likely to be set up with control monitors to keep track of the ghanta gadis. It will be a tamper-proof system and if the GPS wires are disconnected, an alarm will go off.

NSCC said that the ghanta gadi system has proved to be very efficient for the housing societies but there is a problem in collection of garbage from the slums.

A PMC official said the issue of segregation of garbage across the city was also raised with Suresh Jagtap, head of PMC’s Solid Waste Management Department who said that many people across the city are still not segregating their garbage.

The members of the Wanowrie residents’ forum (WRF) suggested an idea to put an end to the segregation problem.

“Some members of WRF accompanied the ghanta gadis to various hous-ing societies for a few days. Wherever we saw that the garbage segregation is not up to the mark, we asked the supervisor to refuse collecting garbage from there. In a few days, there was a noticeable difference in the segregation practices. This system can be employed by supervisors across the city,” the members added.

Source : Timesofindia

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