Sus residents meet CM over garbage plant solution
Protesting against the stench, residents on Saturday closed down the garbage disposal plant although the PMC restarted it a day later.pune Updated: Jul 13, 2017 15:57 IST
After raising more than 250 complaints about a foul smell emitting form near their homes, the Sus road residents on Wednesday met chief minister Devendra Fadanavis urging him to shift the garbage disposal plant from their area.
According to Sus road residents, the chief minister listened to them and directed concerned authorities to take appropriate action. “They listened to us and agreed to meet us again next month,” said resident Vinay Deshpande.
Protesting against the stench, residents on Saturday closed down the garbage disposal plant although the PMC restarted it a day later. The residents alleged that despite repeated pleas, the authorities did not pay heed to them, following which they decided to meet the chief minister.
Deshpande said, “We believe that Noble Exchange Garbage Plant is not operating and maintaining the pollution control system properly thereby damaging the surrounding environment by means of discharging the pollutants into the environment knowingly and wilfully. They are violating the rules under Section 33A of the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act), 1974 and under Section 31A of the Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.” said Vinay Deshpande.
“The Pune Municipal Corporation is cooperating more with the plant owners rather than the citizens by mentioning that, there is no pollution from the plant at all,” complaint the residents.
Earlier, residents said they tried to reach out to PMC Commissioner Kunal Kumar over the phone multiple times but he never attended the phone calls. “It's difficult to live in this area as the situation is getting worse day by day and the issue remains the same,” he said, adding we were forced today to approach the chief minister. “It was a very good gesture from him towards citizen to give time from his very busy schedule. We are really thankful to him for his open mined approach to help and sort out our issue seriously. We are very much confident about his action to save us from this polluted air.”
First Published: Jul 13, 2017 14:22 IST