On January 31, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) inaugurated the use of special squad vehicles to monitor garbage-related activities in Pune areas.
As per further information shared by Sandip Kadam, Deputy Commissioner, Solid Waste Management Department, PMC, from October 2017, 11 villages were included in the jurisdiction of Pune Municipal Corporation, and from July 2021, 23 new villages were included in the jurisdiction of the PMC. The daily waste generation in Pune is around 2200 to 2300 metric tonnes.
Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 have been issued by the central government to manage the solid waste generated daily. According to the said regulation, it is mandatory to take action periodically at the ward office level to comply with various rules related to solid waste management. This mainly includes various actions like plastic ban, chronic spot, anti-spitting, open dumping, waste burning, etc.
Daily site inspection is necessary for carrying out various actions. For this, there isn’t an appropriate communication system available at the ward office level. At present, the PMC employees have to go to their two-wheelers to carry out actions & operations. Hence, the operations may not be carried out effectively and the ward office also does not have vehicles available for carrying out big operations.
A total of 18 vehicles, one for each ward office i.e. 15 vehicles for 15 ward offices and 3 vehicles for the main PMC Solid Waste Management department, will be purchased for carrying out various activities effectively. In the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan implemented by the central government, help will also be provided under this initiative to increase the rating of Pune city.