PMC to set up plant to recycle construction, demolition debris only after state govt’s nod
The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) ambitious plans for recycling construction and demolition (C&D) waste by setting up a processing plant has hit a major roadblock. Proposal has been sent to hand over 2-acre land in Wagholi gifted to it by state government to a contractor for the project
In order to recycle construction debris, the corporation has to give a piece of land to a contractor to run the plant. However, it cannot handover the property as it was given to it by the state government. It may be recalled that a few days ago, the PMC paid the price of subleasing land, given by the state, to private entities. This time, however, the administration has no plans of taking another risk.
For the past two years, the civic body has been making efforts to tackle issues related to construction debris in the city. The authorities have even banned dumping of debris in open spaces, riverbed, nullahs and quarries. The PMC has also been charging Rs 25,000 fine for those found engaging in these illegal activity. However, the practice, that usually takes place during late night hours, continues to bother the administration. With a view to take the perpetrators down, the PMC invited companies to set up a processing plant to recycle debris. While all the formalities have been concluded, the lease agreement for a two-acre land in Wagholi is yet to be initiated.