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Yerawada Mental Hospital authorities irked with stinking PMC garbage plant near premises

The encroachment is on two acres outside the Alandi road entrance of the hospital and close to the kitchen of the hospital, said Dr A Phadnis, medical superintendent of the hospital.

pune Updated: Apr 27, 2019 16:26 IST
Nozia Sayyed
Nozia Sayyed
Hindustan Times, Pune
Yerawada Mental Hospital,PMC garbage plant,Alandi road
Biogas plant near Yerawada mental hospital in Pune. (Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

Staff at the Maharashtra government’s Regional Mental Hospital, Yerawada, is agitated over encroachment by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) which has set up a garbage dumping ground and a processing plant on hospital land.

The encroachment is on two acres outside the Alandi road entrance of the hospital and close to the kitchen of the hospital, said Dr A Phadnis, medical superintendent of the hospital.

He said, “The hospital has been urging the PMC to clear this encroachment for the last four years. Now, however, it will take up the matter officially. They cannot have a garbage dump near the hospital or within the hospital’s premises.”

Some staffers near the gate of the hospital where the garbage biogas plant is placed said the problem aggravates during the rainy season when the garbage bins overflow and the garbage finds a place in the hospital itself. In such a situation, the staff is forced to walk in the filth and stench with strays and pigs all around.

Social worker B Jadhav said, “The PMC should move the biogas plant to another area. Hospital is not a place which can be used for such purposes as this is extremely unhealthy.”

Dyaneshwar Molak, assistant municipal commissioner, PMC and head of solid waste management department said the PMC has 48 biogas plants in Pune and one of them is located at the mental hospital’s premises.

He confirmed that the PMC was utilising hospital land and added, “Since it is government property we chose to run the plant without seeking anybody’s permission.”

He added, “The hospital benefits from the biogas and electricity produced at the plant and therefore the complaint against encroachment was not justified”.

The hospital, famed as one of Asia’s largest mental hospitals has a bed capacity of 2,500.

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 16:26 IST