Pune: PMC to review waste processing units set up in last 15 years

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Pune: As per the undertaking given to the Bombay High Court, the Pune Municipal Corporation has decided to reactivate all its waste processing plants within the next six months. For this, the standing committee has asked PMC to review all trash processing units set up in the last 15 years. The High Court recently allowed the biomining process at the dumping sites to solve the ongoing garbage issue, which provided some relief to the civic body.

Uruli and Phursungi villages are the dumping sites in Pune, the city generates over 2,000 tons of waste daily. Out of which the solid waste management department is hardly able to process less than 1,000 tones. The rest of the waste is dumped openly on dumping yards, Public roads, and water bodies. Over the last 15 years, PMC has spent hundreds of crores over setting up such plants, but due to negligence, many plants are running with half of their strengths or have been permanently closed making it difficult to process and manage the waste properly. Out of 48 different plants in the civic limit, very few of them are only functioning in their full capacities.

However, the civic body has undertaken the mission of reactivating all its processing plants within the next six months. Standing committee of the PMC on Thursday decided to audit all its plants to know the fault areas irregularities help in one and half-decade. The head officials said this audit will help us to know the total expense on all plants, its current status. This will also reveal whether agreement conditions were fulfilled and what action was initiated against the non-functioning of plants.

The garbage disposal has become a major issue despite government spending 100 crores, because of the ignorance and irregularities within the system, almost 13 municipal organic and inorganic solid waste processing plants failed to meet the requirement of produce compost, which is not at all as per the specifications of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) rules, but there was no action taken as most of the contractors are close party members or relatives of some civic officials.

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