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Pune Municipal Corporation writes to EC to clear waste treatment plant files

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has written to the Election Commission to allow project files related to three waste treatment plant to be cleared, that are stuck owing to the model code of conduct, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The civic body initiated the work in the nine waste treatment plants, after the National Green tribunal (NGT) in October 2018 had asked PMC to stop dumping garbage in open at Uruli Devachi and Phursungi dumping ground and instead treat it in the plants.

“While the administrative work for six of the treatment plants have been completed, work for the remaining three is stuck as the model code of conduct came into effect,” said Dnyaneshwar Molak, chief, solid waste management department,PMC.

He added, “The deadline given to us by the National Green tribunal for commencing operations at the three waste treatment plants in Hadapsar, Amebgaon and Lohegaon was December 31, 2019.”

However, since the files of these projects are yet to be cleared, we have written to the EC to allow us to clear these project files and initiate the tender process to avoid missing the deadline, said Molak.

According to PMC officials, EC is likely to respond to PMC’s request by April 24.

Currently, out of the total two thousand metric tonnes of garbage generated daily, 1,274 metric tonnes are currently being treated. Out of the remaining waste,180 tonnes are distributed to the farmers and the rest is dumped in open at the garbage land field at Uruli Devachi and Phursungi dumping ground leading to various health problems to the nearby residents.

“By January 2020, all the waste generated in the city will be treated in the waste treatment plants in the city. It is our aim to completely stop dumping the garbage in open ground,” said Molak.

First Published:
Apr 20, 2019 16:35 IST

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