Strongly opposing the Pune Municipal Corporation's plan to continue dumping of garbage at the Urali garbage depot, members of the Phursungi gram panchayat set May 2010 as the deadline for completely stopping garbage dumping there.Making their stand clear on a request made by the district collectorate to allow the PMC to dump garbage till May next year, the village panchayat charged that the PMC had flouted all norms regarding waste disposal in the last nine years and carelessly dumped garbage despite severe opposition from the residents of Urali and Phursungi. The panchayat said that it has no right to take a decision on extending the time limit for the PMC to allow dumping of garbage.
The demands of the residents in Urali and Phursungi have come at a time when the PMC's earlier deadline to complete various development works at the villages comes to an end on December 14.
In a resolution, the panchayat said that the PMC should take permission from the concerned authorities as per the solid waste management rules 2000 and submit copies of the permission to the panchayat. Large-scale dumping of garbage has already affected the environment, the panchayat added. The PMC' s attempt to start a vermi-composting plant at the site last month had caused confusion among the residents, it added.
The panchayat, in one of its important demands, has asked for complete details with maps of the scientific capping work of garbage is being done at the garbage depot. The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, in May this year, had directed the PMC to complete the scientific capping work by May 2010.
In May this year, the residents of the villages had launched an agitation wherein all garbage dumpers were prevented from going to the depot. The agitation continued for 12 days which resulted in accumulation of garbage all over the city.To read more, please, visit The Times of India
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