On Sunday, November 5 between 10-12 am, the proposed Punawale solid waste management project faced strong opposition from the Punawale Garbage Depot Removal Action Committee and the Punawale villagers. A bike rally was successfully organized, garnering support from the residents. Over 1000 residents participated in the rally. Numerous individuals fervently urged PCMC MLA Ashwini Jagtap to cancel the garbage depot. As per the information provided, commitment was made to the citizens that a garbage depot will not be constructed in this area, under any circumstances. A delegation from Punawale has pledged to meet with the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, and Forest Minister as soon as possible to make a decision on the matter. They have also expressed their complete support for the movement and have promised to participate if necessary.
Currently, the Punawale area is experiencing significant urbanization, with a continuous influx of residents. The area is home to over 100,000 people who are attracted to its natural surroundings and proximity to the Hinjewadi IT Park. However, the solid waste management project poses a threat to the environment and the health of citizens.
The proposed project is located in close proximity to various buildings and housing societies, with distances ranging from 200 to 400 meters. This could potentially result in severe health issues for the residents. The solid waste management project, which is intended to be constructed adjacent to the forest, will result in significant ecological harm and the degradation of the natural environment.
Furthermore, the Punawale dam serves as the primary water source for the entire Pimpri Chinchwad city. It is likely that the project will compromise the purity of the city’s water supply, thereby endangering the health of its residents.