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Poonawalla Group Takes Cleanliness Initiative

The Poonawalla group has launched a noble initiative to keep the city spic-and-span and make it one of the best in the country to live in.

The first phase of the programme was launched this month. It would be implemented in phases with support from the Pune Municipal Corporation. The project involves an investment of Rs100 crore.

Adar Poonawalla, chief executive officer of Serum Institute of India Ltd, said, "Under this green initiative, we aim to take up the cleaning of 300km of roads running across the municipal limits of the city in a phased manner. Our aim is to make Pune one of the cleanest cities in India. Of course, this won't be possible without the support of the state government and the Pune Municipal Corporation(PMC)."

Poonawalla said that the launch of the first phase this month was a "soft launch". "We have started a garbage processing plant in partnership with Pune's Noble Exchange Environment Solutions Pvt Ltd, a waste management firm, in Talegaon. The plant, raised at a cost Rs25 crore, presently processes 300 tonnes of food waste per day, mainly lifted from city eateries," Poonawalla said.

The group has purchased five trucks and 300 garbage bins, which have been specially designed. "The trucks have a waste segregation machinery fitted within. The garbage bins can be cemented on to the ground to deter thefts. These bins will have easy-to-pick garbage bags fitted inside." Poonawalla said.

In second phase, the group items to enhance the area it will clean as well as go in for advances disposal of garbage. We will then need more trucks, bins and processing plants. The expansion will depend mainly on the success of the first phase. In the third phase, we aim to cover the entire state under our green initiative, he said The group aims to garner support from city youths by connecting with them on various social media platforms. He also promised to offer decent salaries to garbage handlers.

I have been working on the idea for the last one year. I felt strongly for it when I realized it s difficult to steer clear of garbage while walking on the city roads and foot paths, Poonawalla Said.

Pune Municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar said, Their (Ponawalla Group) commitment will go a long way in helping make Pune clean and the most livable city in the country

Waste Management Plan

The group will take up clean-up work on 300km of roads in the city with a fleet of specially designed trucks, a host of trash bins and slew of garbage plants

  • For Pune, which is aspiring to become smart, waste disposal is one issue that needs a quick fix, but there is none.
  • On September 22, the Bombay High Court reminded authorities that smart cities also need basic garbage disposal facilities
  • The city used to generate around 300 tonnes of garbage every day in 19991. It now generates nearly 1500-1700 tonnes every day, of which 950 tonnes are segregated and the rest is mixed waste
  • Around 15% of total garbage generated in city is plastic. Innovative processing methods are required to process plastic garbage
  • The civic administration is now relying on the state to identify new land for disposing of the city waste. It is also banking on initiatives like segregation at source and seeking farmers help for scientific landfill capping

Source: Times of India (5th Nov 2015)

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