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PCB launches door-to-door solid waste collection plan
Sakal Times | Friday, 21 April 2017 AT 12:14 PM IST
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Pune: The Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) has finally begun door-to-door collection of waste in all wards. The PCB has hired NGOs Janwani and Swach - waste pickers’ cooperative societies - for the purpose. While Janwani already started its work from April 3 in four wards, Swach will begin its work of collecting household and commercial waste from May 1.

The PCB has allotted four wards to each of these agencies. PCB CEO DN Yadav said, “Earlier, residents of Camp used to throw waste on the streets or into bins on roadsides or in vans visiting their area daily. Now, the PCB has started collecting waste from door to door. The two outsourcing agencies are allotted four wards each. Janwani looks after ward numbers 3, 6, 7 and 4 while Swach takes care of ward numbers 1, 2, 5 and 8. The PCB will pay waste pickers of Janwani on a monthly basis while Rs 19 lakh will be paid to Swach per annum.”

The PCB will bear half of the fees charged to household users, which is Rs 60 per month while Rs 120 will be charged to commercial establishments, as the same is mandatory as per the central government norms related to the solid waste management programme. The board will also provide equipment like push carts, buckets and sorting sheds to waste pickers.

Janwani has already started its work in ward numbers 3 and 6. The awareness programme has also been started in these two wards. Janwani Deputy Director Saroj Badgujar said, “There are eight waste pickers for the four wards. As the work of ward number 3 and 6 has already started, we have also done a ‘signature campaign’ in these two wards, where over 2,000 households signed on the letter stating: ‘We will dispose of the dry and wet waste separately. We will not throw any waste on the streets’. The awareness campaign will not only be done in these four wards, which are alloted to us by the PCB but we will also visit every ward to carry out the awareness
programme.”

The waste pickers will also get benefited through this programme. Harshad Barde, a representative of Swach, said, “The proposal of solid waste management programme was submitted in the beginning of April. But we are still to sign the documents and complete the formalities. There will be two waste pickers for the four wards alloted to us by the PCB. These waste pickers will be trained sanitation workers to collect it from door to door. We would start the work officially from May 1 in ward number 8.”

“The waste pickers will benefit from this programme, as they will get Re 1 daily from each household, commercial building and also from the PCB. The material retrieved from the segregated waste
will be retained by the waste pickers,” said Barde.

 
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