According to reports, municipal commissioner Vikas Deshmukh, stressing on better waste management, said citizens must be made aware about segregation of waste.
Along with the municipal commissioner, additional municipal commissioner, Rajendra Jagtap, zonal commissioner Suresh Jagtap and mayor Chanchala Kodre met representatives of the National Society for Clean Cities (NSCC) and other citizens on Saturday evening to discuss issues of waste management in the city.
Civic officials emphasized that segregation at source is the only solution. Currently, it is mandatory for societies built after 2000 to enable segregation of waste at source. “It will be made mandatory for all housing societies soon,” he added.
Pune generates around 1,500 tonne of waste each day, but the existing waste management plants are unable to run at full capacity.
The citizens’ group and the municipal authorities also discussed solutions to tackle other issues of solid waste management and contracts had not been renewed for sweeping the streets. Civic officials said by the end of May, these contracts will be renewed.
The civic officials also said that the city would be made container free – no waste would be seen lying around stationary containers, but collected from homes. There would be incentives for people who would be paid for their compost or wet waste and that garden waste would be collected on fixed days from houses.
“The PMC is working towards a Rs 650-crore project for complete treatment of sewage,” said Deshmukh.