According to reports, the Pune Municipal Corporation had made a provision Rs 70.94 crore in its 2012-13 draft budget for solid waste management and completion of scientific capping of the landfill site at Urali-Phursungi.
“Solid waste management is the top priority and we hope to complete majority of the capping and related work at Urali Devachi by the end of March 2013,” municipal commissioner Mahesh Pathak said.
Segregation of garbage at source has been a major issue in the city for long. The civic budget 2012-13 has proposed to set up squads for strict implementation of garbage segregation at source. The squads will be empowered to charge fine from those who do not segregate dry and wet garbage. At present only 30 to 40 per cent garbage is being segregated in Pune.
Admitting that a lot more needs to be done, an official involved in garbage management work at PMC said, “The civic body is now working towards scientific closure of the landfill site at Urali-Phursungi. The capping work has already begun. However, the most challenging job is to segregate waste at source, which cannot become a reality without public support. The gasification plant, which has become functional on trial basis, can take only segregated waste. If segregation is not done, the plant may break down.”
A decentralised model is the only sustainable solution for effective solid waste management. The budget proposes to acquire land in different parts of the city to set up garbage processing plants.