This Khadki military area among dirtiest thanks to illegal garbage dumping

HT Impact: One day after HT contacted the authorities about the issue, the garbage was cleared

pune Updated: Sep 14, 2017 13:27 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Animals feeding on garbage at PRC road, Khadki, Pune.(HT Pune)

The illegal dumping of garbage on Park Road by small eateries and vendors on Aundh Road near Khadki Railway Station, has turned this part of the Khadki Cantonment Board into the dirtiest of the area.

Illegal dumping of garbage has been happening in a big way at two locations on Park road which connects Aundh road to the Khadki gate of the Savitribai Phule Pune University. This road features bungalows of Ammunition Factory officials, the Queen Mary Technical Institute for Differently Abled Soldiers (QMTI) and the Ayyapa and Kalibari temples.

Soldiers on wheelchairs who frequent this road expressed their frustration over the foul smell emanating from the stinking piled up garbage at the junction of Aundh road.The problem had worsened all the more, residents said, due to the monsoon, as rainwater mixed with garbage made the spot messier. Cows and pigs fed on the garbage mounds on a daily basis.

HT Impact: One day after HT contacted the authorities about the issue, the garbage was cleared, as can be seen in this picture below, taken on September 13.

Soldiers on wheelchairs going to the QMTI for classes have also complained of foul smell coming from the garbage heap on the side of the road. (HT PHOTO)

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Nupur Mulka, a resident in the Army quarters and a Human Resource Manager, said,“Garbage heaps scattered by animal makes it hard to walk on the road.We have to hold our nose tightly to avoid the foul smell. This problem bothers us, but no one is ready to come forward and raise this issue. You can see heaps in front of our gate.Often, animals carry plastic bags with food and leave it in front of our homes.”

Another area resident and retired defence scientific officer S.K.Rahid said that they were worried about mosquito-borne diseases because of the garbage pile not being cleared from many days on the main road. Restaurant and shop owners on the main road are responsible for garbage being dumped on the road, he said.

Jignesh. Agrawal, a shopkeeper, on Park Road said the garbage heap was affecting his business because of the foul smell as customers don’t prefer to come this way.”

When asked about the situation, the Khadki Cantonment Board’s (KCB) health superintendent Vilas Khandode told HT that they will take immediate action and have the garbage lifted by the evening. “We are also thinking of taking strong action against those who dump garbage on open ground,’’ he said.

The Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) has employed contract labour for garbage collection, and they were seen doing the job without paying much attention.

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 13:14 IST