Despite fixing a deadline of 4 December, Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has been unsuccessful to impose waste segregation in Panvel’s housing societies. The residents of these housing societies could not comply with the deadline due to its ‘rushed’ nature.
As a result, the deadline has been postponed by a week or two, as per civic sources. The deferred time limit will be fixed after taking the consultation of the residents and their representatives soon.
The civic body of Panvel has been carrying out the waste segregation project as part of an initiative to compete in Swachh Survekshan 2018 beginning next month. This initiative will decide Panvel’s position amongst the list of cleanliest cities across India.
In this regard, the civic body administration has been held liable by the residents for allowing a short timeline to install composting pits in their housing societies. Even the corporators have been differing with the decision of such a short deadline since the timeframe was decided on November 16. This left little scope for people to search for other arrangements, such as different trash bins for wet and dry waste.
According to Sudhakar Shinde, PCMC commissioner, “We are appealing to citizens to opt for segregation and composting as soon as possible. Many societies have done it already and the rest have to embrace the waste management norms too. However, we are collecting the garbage as of now. We will train the residents in waste segregation and composting and try to get their feedback to set yet another deadline soon.”
In the meantime, the civic body has asked the 100-kg waste generating entities like big housing societies, schools, malls, hotels and colleges to degrade biogas at source and wet waste into compost. Housing societies practising this regularly would lessen the burden of collection and disposal process for the civic body.
On Saturday, Shinde met Kharghar residents and ensured them, that PCMC will take predetermined and predefined way in this regard. “The administration has agreed to arrange a demonstration on segregation and composting at Central Park soon to help people understand the process,” stated Mangal Kamble, head of Swachh Kharghar Manch.