Pune Municipal Corporation to finally set up garbage plant in Ramtekdi
PMC had to shift the earlier plot at Hadapsar after the residents took out a protest rally.pune Updated: Jul 03, 2017 23:42 IST
Despite several protests, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to go ahead with the garbage plant in Ramtekdi, following the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) nod. On June 1, Ramtekdi Industries Association had organised a protest rally against the proposed garbage depot project by PMC in Hadapsar. Almost a month has crossed and the PMC is now getting ahead with the plan, but this time on another plot of land.
The proposed garbage depot, initially was situated on plot number 104/87, however now it has been shifted to plot number 88, Survey 94/2. Despite the alteration of the plot, association members and residents say that the problems are going to remain same. The Additional Municipal Commissioner (Solid Waste Management Department) Suresh Jagtap has informed that,“The project will be running on BOT which is Built Operate and Transfer basis. And, it has a capacity of 750 metric tonnes.”
As per Pune mayor Mukta Tilak, the plant is expected to be inaugurated by next week. “We are taking the appointment of the chief minister for the groundbreaking ceremony , which is likely to take place in the upcoming week,” she said. However, according to the member of association, Pune generates 1,600 tonnes of waste everyday and PMC will be pushing almost 750 tonnes of it near a residential area in Hadapsar, which although got shifted but would be still close to residential areas.
“Let alone the garbage smell that would infest the area, even the kind of air pollution and diseases it would bring forth, is unimaginable. The corporation should not expose the people to such dangers,” said association chairman, Pramod Dabir.
Initially, the project was on 16 acres of land, out of which 3 acres had residential buildings with 400 families, and the remaining 13 acres was decided for the plant. But now, the new plot is over 10 acres of land. The association, had then taken out the ‘Rasta Roko’ protest rally against the garbage dump project, near Pune Railway Station, following which a PMC engineer who was later sent to address their grievances.
“Why can’t PMC work towards segregating, destroying and managing the waste instead of dumping it here. Although they have changed the spot now, it is still close to residential areas. Hopefully, the corporator would look into the matter and help. If not, then we are not politicians who can continue to voice out protests leaving everything,so in that case, we would have to take a legal step,” Dabir added.