The Pune Municipal Corporation imposed a fine of Rs. 45,000 on six housing societies for not taking measures to manage waste disposal. All these societies are located in Hadapsar, Mundhawa and Kondhwa.
Dnyaneshwar Molak, the head of the Pune Municipal Corporation’s solid waste management department, said that such action is taken for the first time under the new bylaws. The ward offices issued notices to all the bulk garbage generators and also directed them to take measures for proper garbage disposal. The department also ordered to make use of mechanized composting or vermicomposting to complete the process. He also said that the garbage generated from their campus should not come out and cause problems for others. But, these housing societies were not following the rules.
One of the civic body officials said that some of the penalized societies are located in the plush areas and have a minimum of 150 housing units each while some have 500 residential units.
Molak also said that the societies have amenities such as gardens, play areas, swimming pools, covered parking, open gyms and community halls, but they failed to have a proper garbage disposal facility.
The PMC officials also said that any establishment producing 100kg garbage per day is considered as a bulk garbage generator and it is their duty to make proper disposal of garbage within the premises.
The establishments such as housing societies, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, colleges, universities, hotels, government offices, sport complexes, social clubs and religious establishments fall under this category. Also, the garbage segregation and processing should be treated as an essential amenity however the same is not on the priority list of few housing societies.
The Pune Civic body has issued notices to such societies four times earlier but still nothing has changed. In the cultural capital of Maharashtra, the household waste is the biggest source of garbage and approximately 950 tonnes of trash is generated per day in the city.
In Pune, the department of solid waste management had conducted training on scientific disposal of garbage and a panel of 28 experts is formed to guide the city residents about proper garbage disposal. The housing societies can approach to the civic body know the details of these experts.
The civic body officials said that In December 2017, the State Government had drafted bylaws for garbage disposal and management and fine ranging between Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000 is said to be imposed on the defaulters.