By: Pune Pulse
August 19, 2023
Pune: In order to scientifically transport the waste accumulated in the city to the Moshi waste depot, 16 waste transfer centres are being set up at various places in Pimpri by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).
Speaking to Pune Pulse, Yashwant Dange, Assistant Commissioner, PCMC garbage department said, “16 waste transfer centres will soon be established at 16 locations in Pimpri. Among them, three centres namely Kasarwadi, Gawalimatha and Kalewadi have been created. The project will be financed from the Central Ministry funds. Land acquisition issues are there for the rest of the 13 waste transfer centres as residents of some areas are opposing this. However, PCMC will definitely ensure the establishment of the rest of the 13 centres soon.”
As per information from Dange, each waste transfer centre will have the capacity of holding and managing waste/garbage up to 200 tonnes. Garbage collected from households is deposited in containers at 30 different centres of the Health Department. The waste in the container is filled in the compactor and taken to the waste depot. However, garbage handling is done by the staff themselves. Also, the area becomes unhygienic and dirty everywhere. The workers come in direct contact with the waste, causing health problems. Residents of the area where the centre is located suffer because of the bad smell. To curb this type of situation, the central government has made it mandatory to set up waste transfer centres.
So far, centres have been constructed near the sewage treatment plant behind the Kasarwadi railway station, Bhosari, at Gawalimatha in MIDC and near the MM school in Kalewadi. In these centres, waste will be collected mechanically instead of employees. Since the centres will be enclosed on all four sides, there will be no foul smell & pollution.
The PCMC is constructing a total of 16 centres in each zonal office. 3 centres have already been created. The rest of the 13 centres will be located at Sangvi, Pimple Gurav, Chinchwad, Khandoba Maal-Akurdi, Chovisawadi, Kiwale, Borhadewadi and more.
Rs 4 crores will be spent for machinery and about Rs 3 crores will be spent for road, wall and other construction works. The total cost spent will be Rs 7 crores per centre.