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Pune Municipal Corporation has no place to dump construction debris

Comments Off on Pune Municipal Corporation has no place to dump construction debris   |   February 19, 2014    12:15pm   |Contributed by manoja

PUNE: If the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) wants to check further degradation of water bodies, land, public spaces and green areas in the city, it has to look for immediate solutions to recycle and reuse construction and demolition (C&D) waste.

Hundreds of constructions have come up across the city and with as many renovations of flats and other properties, the debris is being dumped recklessly, much to the alarm of environmentalists.

City engineer Prashant Waghmare said the PMC had not identified a dumping ground. “The civic body is trying hard to locate places around the city, but no village in the fringes is ready to give land for the debris. As of now, we expect developers to take care of debris they generate,” he said.

Satish Magar, developer and former president of CREDAI Pune chapter, said, “Builders working on big sites generally reuse C&D waste. However, small developers find it difficult to do so. There is no concrete policy about the debris and there is no substantial effort at any level to reuse the waste.”

Activists have repeatedly brought it to the notice of the civic body that rivers and nullahs in the city are choking because of unbridled dumping by builders. “C&D waste is a problem across cities — big and small. Land sharks use this bulk waste to illegally reclaim land from ecologically sensitive areas like rivers, lakes and wet lands. In fact, Ram nadi (river) in Pune city has been severely affected by this indiscriminate dumping,” said Avikal Somvanshi, senior research associate, sustainable building programme with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

Somvanshi said Delhi and Mumbai have acknowledged the problem as they have run out of land needed for dumping. “There are no rules and regulations that comprehensively cover C&D waste collection and disposal. There is a need for clear directives to govern their collection and recycling, which is possible because the construction debris can be reused to make bricks and paver blocks. This can help the construction industry as well as the environment as it will reduce pressure on highly stressed out natural resources like sand, stone and mud,” Somavanshi said.

“Nullahs, open plots, roadsides in sparsely populated areas, river banks and riverbeds are being used for dumping. No action has been taken against anyone even as the debris blocks natural flow of water resulting in flooding during the monsoon,” said Vijay Kumbhar of the Surajya Sangharsh Samiti.

Experts have insisted that each city needs to have its own system for collection and disposal of waste. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) came out with the Construction & Demolition & Desilting waste (Management & Disposal) Rules 2006.


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