Pmc’s Dedicated Transport Service For Construction Debris Set For Expansion, ET RealEstate

August 28, 2023

PUNE: Nearly 2.34 lakh metric tonnes of construction and demolition debris has been disposed of through the civic body’s dedicated transport service since January this year.

This waste, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials said, would have otherwise found its way into the river bed or to open grounds across the city .

“We are planning to expand this service in the coming days with the addition of more vehicles,” said Asha Raut, head of the PMC’s solid waste management department.

According to activists, the debris transport service should be promoted on a large scale.

“Simultaneously, stern action should be initiated against people dumping debris in public places,” a civic activist said.

PMC officials said the civic administration levies a penalty of Rs 25,000 on people found dumping debris in public places.

If the quantity of debris is less, the civic administration charges Rs 1,250 per metric tonnes of waste, which is equal to the amount PMC charges for transporting the construction and demolition debris, the officials said.

The civic data showed that 10,151 trips were made by the PMC debris collection vehicles from January 2023.

“The civic administration is planning to expand the service. It will be made more accessible to citizens with more decentralised options,” Raut said.

She said the PMC was planning to set up 10 centres across its municipal areas for the scientific disposal of the debris.

“They will be guarded and secured with dedicated manpower to avert inconvenience to citizens living in nearby areas,” Raut added.

The officials said PMC takes the transportation charges from the developers while allotting building permissions.

A cross-verification is carried out to determine whether the dumping was done scientifically or not at the time of issuing the completion certificate, the officials added.

According to activists, a 24×7 monitoring system should be in place to avoid debris dumping at public places.

“Many civic officials are hand in glove with private contractors and developers. Even if the illegal dumping is done, it gets ignored,” said Vijay Kumbhar of Surajya Sangharsh Samiti, a citizens’ group. “Only a handful of cases are registered against the violators,” Kumbhar added.

  • Published On Aug 28, 2023 at 06:00 PM IST

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