Pune News: Recycling E-Waste The Need Of The Hour

The Mumbai-Pune corridor produces one third of India’s electronic waste. A stakeholders’ consultation on e-waste management was conducted in Pune to address the issue.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MCCIA), Janvani, Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), and German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)-Advisory Services in Environmental Management (ASEM) shared ideas on the issue.
Director of GTZ-ASEM Juergen Bischoff expressed the need for a legislation for electronic waste management in India. He said the GTZ has been working towards finding solutions to the problem of e-waste through city-level interventions and policy dialogues.
The GTZ launched a new project on e-waste management. One of the main objectives is to bridge the gap in e-waste management between the formal and informal sector. The project is aimed at improving the situation of e-waste management in Pune, Pimpri and Chinchwad.
Greenpeace India campaigner Abhishek Pratap stated the need for the placing of Extended Producer Responsibility on the shoulders of manufacturers of Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE).
Lakshmi Narayan of KKPKP spoke on the role of the informal sector in the recycling e-waste. H.M. Modak, a consultant working for the Pune Municipal Corporation said that the Rochem Concord Blue has been assigned the task of recycling 700 metric tonnes of waste every day.
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PCMC Uses Water From Purification Plant To Water Gardens

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is making optimum use of its water resources as it ensures that waste water generated at the purification plant in Nigdi does not go down the drain, but is used for gardening purpose.
Around 3.5 MLD (million litres per day) or 35 lakh litres of water is used for gardening purposes at the Durga Devi hills and 12 other gardens in the nearby areas.  The PCMC draws 380 MLD water from Ravet and treats it at the water purification plant at Nigdi.
According to civic officials, the waste water from the purification plant at Nigdi is nothing but backwash water which is highly muddy and is not potable. At the water purification plant, there are 40 filter beds containing sand through which the water is passed for filtration.
Incidentally, the Pune Municipal Corporation is also working on a plan to recycle backwash water from the Parvati Water Works. Around 35 MLD water would be recycled and used, say civic officials.
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PCMC To Collaborate With NGO For Garbage Collection

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) hopes to start garbage collection through volunteers of Swach, an NGO using hopper rickshaws and Ace vehicles.
The volunteers will be taught to drive under the PCMC’s backward classes welfare schemes by the All India Local Self Government Organisation at the rate of Rs 3,000 per person.
The expenditure incurred on training male volunteers will be borne through the PCMC’s urban poverty alleviation scheme, while the expenditure incurred on training female volunteers will be borne through the PCMC’s backward classes women welfare scheme.
Meanwhile, a proposal will be tabled before the standing committee to seek its approval for incurring an expenditure of Rs 3 lakh for training 100 volunteers of Swach for the house-to-house garbage collection.

PMC Plans To Go Clean, Seeks Central Funds

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will submit a comprehensive Cleanliness Plan’ to the state within two months to seek central assistance to improve sanitation, cleanliness and sewage treatment in the city.
The All-India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG), a government body that enables local bodies to contribute to the development process and provide citizens with a better life, met civic officials on Friday to discuss the plan.
Pune is a dismal 65th in the Union urban development ministry’s ranking for cleanliness and sanitation standards. In one of the most daunting tasks taken up by the ministry, 423 cities and towns with a population of more than one lakh were recently rated on parameters such as complete elimination of open defecation, elimination of open scavenging, and safe collection and disposal of human excreta.
On the basis of the rating, cities have been classified as red, black, blue and green to denote increasing levels of achievement of good environmental and health outcomes.
A green rating indicates a healthy city, blue indicates a city recovering but still diseased, black indicates a city that needs considerable improvement and red indicates a city on the brink of public health and environmental emergency’, requiring immediate remedial action.
No city in the country could qualify in the green category. Only four cities Chandigarh, Mysore, Surat and New Delhi municipal council area are in the blue category. Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad fall in the black category. While 229 cities are in the black category, the remaining 190 fall in the red category.
Of the 38 cities in the state which were part of the survey, 27 are in the black category and 11 in the red. Smaller cities like Satara, Akola, Ichalkaranji, Chandrapur, Bhusawal, Panvel and Amravati have fared better than Pune.
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PCMC Implements Rs 1,200 Cr Projects

PUNE: In the last three years since the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation was selected as a mission city under the central government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the civic body has implemented projects costing over Rs 1,200 crore.
Neelkanth Poman, computer officer, PCMC, told TOI that the central government has approved a total outlay of Rs 2,601.12 crore for development projects such as sanitation, road improvement, water supply and slum rehabilitation in the township.
In the last three years, the PCMC has received grants of Rs 633.52 crore from the central government, while Rs 240.49 crore has been given by the state government. The civic body was progressing well on various projects, Poman added.
The JNNURM was launched in December 2005, and Pimpri-Chinchwad was the last city to join the mission in April 2006.
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On World Environment Day: Tips To Make Pune Greener

When we speak of the ecology, we are speaking of our environment. In cities like Pune and Mumbai, the first thing that comes to mind is traffic pollution. A lot has been said about this, and Pune is certainly a significant contributor to environmental pollution.
The problem is much lower in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, thanks to its green cover, carefully controlled real estate development norms and wider roads. However, we can rely only so much on regulated real estate – if we want a sustainable tomorrow, each of us must begin to think ‘Green’ on an individual level.
Yes, each of us can make a real difference in keeping our environment clean for our children, and our children’s children. It requires awareness and discipline in our personal lifestyles, and these are values we can pass down to the generations to come.
Many Pune property developers, particularly in the more sustainable PCMC region, are introducing various new ways of preserving our ecology. This is their contribution to the day when we can hopefully, a few decades from today, strike Pune off the list of the most polluted cities in Asia.

How Sustainable Are You?

With growing awareness comes responsibility. The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has already undertaken many eco-friendly initiatives to provide cleaner, greener homes to its citizens.
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Many developers have begun to take sustainable real estate development seriously and begun launching Green Homes on Pune’s outskirts. Now comes the question – how ready are you to bulwark these efforts on a personal level?

Solid Waste Management: Non-Biodegradable Plastic Bags

The Government’s drive to ban non-biodegradable plastic bags was a step in the right direction. The premise was that plastic (polythene) bags do not break up into harmless elements with the passage of time, and that they are extremely harmful to our environment. It had been noted that cattle eat the bags they find in municipal garbage disposal sites and often die as a result. Burning them was not a solution – the fumes do more damage to the health of citizens.
The answer to the problem lay in banning regular polythene bags and introducing ones of lesser thickness. Sadly, pressure from the commercial sector did not allow this ruling to come through. That, however, does not mean that it was not valid.
What You Can Do: Avoid and discourage the use of plastic bags. For shopping, carry your own bag with you, and insist on brown paper bags for individual items.

Alternative Energy Sources: Solar Energy

As developers of modern township properties in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation know, solar energy is the answer to may pollution-related problems. Though solar water heating equipment is expensive and does not yield the speedy results that electrical or diesel-driven units do, it harvests a free source of energy without giving rise to pollution.
What You Can Do: Use solar water heating facilities where they are available. Consider investing in a small solar heating unit if you are an individual homeowner who is not lucky enough to live in a sustainable Pune township. Installing a solar heating unit for your home will give you access to a limitless, cost-effective and environmentally friendly source of energy.

Cleaner Automobiles: LPG Fuel

Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) is a cheap and almost non-polluting alternative to conventional, petroleum-driven automobile engines. With the introduction of LPG drives for autorickshaws and private cars, a significant step has been taken in saving our environment. Petrol-to-LPG conversion kits are getting cheaper and more readily available.
What You Can Do: If you own a personal automobile, consider installing a LPG drive. If you own a business that employs a lot of inner city transport, using LPG instead of fossil fuels will make a significant difference. Also, encourage others to do the same.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint: Plant More Trees

Trees and plants are more than just decorative – they are Nature’s first line of defense against pollution. They absorb carbon dioxide and convert it to oxygen. The more trees an area has, the cleaner the air will be, as is evidenced in the PCMC and some of the less over-developed areas with residential properties in Pune.
Your Contribution: Simple – plant trees. Make every birthday, anniversary or festival an occasion for planting another one. It will beautify your surroundings and be a lasting heritage for our future generations.

Anil Pharande is President of CREDAI PCMC and Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.
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Passco Awarded For Biomedical Waste Disposal In PMC And PCMC

The Passco Environmental Solutions has won this year’s Vasundhara award for best environmental practices. Passco collects, segregates and disposes a total of 1,500 kg bio medical waste in the city on a daily basis.
Passco has 3,500 bio-medical waste generators registered with them, both in Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation areas. The waste is collected daily from more than 400 collection points. There are nine dedicated collection vehicles equipped with electronic weighing and bar code reading facility.
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