The Pune Zilla Parishad has designed a plan of action to tackle the garbage menace in various gram panchayats and the highways passing through these villages. As a first step towards making Pune District Clean and Green, five villages have been taken on pilot basis on the Pune – Ahmednagar highway. A meeting of five villages heads and ZP officials was held recently to decide on the action on how the villages and the highways passing through the area can be cleaned and manage the waste.
Along with holding clean up drives, the Pune Zilla Parishad also plans to set waste disposal projects in the villages such as Kesnand, Lonikand, Bakori, Perne and Koregaon Bhima. Funds for setting up these projects will be raised by Pune Zilla Parishad as well as through Corporate Social Responsibility.
To make these initiatives successful from the grassroot level, Ayush Prasad, Chief Executive Officer, Pune Zilla Parishad recently held meetings with the village Sarpanchs, Gram Sevaks, Extension officers and villagers. The meeting discussed various issues such as waste management and sanitation.
While speaking to Pune Pulse, Milind Tonape, deputy chief executive officer, water and sanitation department, Pune Zilla Parishad stated that apart from keeping the villages clean and green, there was dire need to focus on the highways which is attracting more waste on the roadsides. With the waste management projects, the centralised processing units will enable to treat the waste scientifically. At this moment, our focus is on the villages and educating the villages about keeping the villages clean and green. Support from corporate companies is welcomed.
“From May 1 to 31, the villages in Pune district are also observing cleanliness drive. On May 1, the Maharashtra Day, cleanliness drive was initiated in 1845 villages. In 765 villages, a total of 89302 villagers participated and collected 125.82 tonnes of waste. During the drive, Ayush Prasad, myself visited new villages everyday to check on the drives taking place in the city,” added Tonape.