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Hazardous trash burning in Pune singes public health

Early morning rounds by the HT team revealed burning of roadside garbage at many places

pune Updated: Jun 20, 2018 14:50 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune
Commuters suffer as heaps of garbage inside the garbage bin are seen burning on Dapodi to Bopodi road. (HT PHOTO )

A large number of housing societies, bungalow owners and street sweepers employed by the Pune Municipal Corporation are guilty of burning roadside trash day in and day out as a quck and easy method of trash disposal. This, however, is extremely hazardous to the residents in the area as the fumes from this trash pollute the air and cause respiratory ailments.

This newspaper has received complaints from a number of residents on this count. Incidents of burning of trash Kothrud and Bopodi has been rampant.

Early morning rounds by an HT team revealed burning of roadside trash which included fallen leaves, paper and plastic wrappers, at many places. On Karve road, near Karve statue, a florist was found burning his garbage which included dried and discarded flowers.Similarly, near Shivaji statue in Bopodi, garbage collected in garbage bin was set on fire by the conservancy staff.

Many small eateries and pan shop along roadside daily burn gutkha, pan masala and tobacco sachets to avoid being caught by the authorities for selling gutkha which is illegal.

Nisha Kulkarni, a resident of Kothrud said,“Civic body has failed to manage trash collection and disposal.Daily while taking morning walk,we are witnessing instances of trash burning along roadside.Because of that,residents are suffering from various health hazards.”

Rajendra Jagtap,resident of Bopodi said,“I have seen many times that,trash is being burnt inside garbage bin parked near Shivaji statue.We have pointed out this issue many times to civic officers but till date nothing has happened.It is responsibility of civic officers to keep vigilance on such miscreants.”

In December 2016, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued order of nationwide ban on the open burning of garbage citing it as a major source of air pollution.However,Pune residents have been repeatedly complaining to the civic body about the burning of trash.

Kothrud Ward Officer says he is not aware; Suresh Jagtap promises action

When asked about the rampant burning of trash in his area, Pune Municipal Corporation’s Kothrud Ward Officer Jayant Bhosekar said he was not aware about the situation.

“The open dumping and burning of trash is an illegal activity.I appeal to residents that,they should came up with their complaints, and action will be taken against those found guilty. Generally such activities being carried out during early morning or late night, Hence residents should inform us, we will take action against them.”

Suresh Jagtap, head of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s solid waste management department, said,“We have often taken action on many occasions and have collected heavy fines. I will give order to my subordinates to look into this matter personally.Burning of trash is illegal and harmful to our health.”

HT Reader draws attention to trash burning on Sinhagad Fort

A conscientious citizen and HT reader Omkar Revadkar has drawn our attention to the burning of trash on the historic Sinhagad Fort.

Revadkar said,he was on a family trip with his parents at Sinhagad fort recently when his mother was alarmed that a large pile of garbage had been set on fire between Dev Taki & Ganesh taki. When they went closer to the spot they saw that the conservancy staff at the fort was itself indulging in this illegal activity. The pile of garbage included beer, glass and plastic bottles and other waste material.

First Published: Jun 20, 2018 14:48 IST