Pune: MLA Ashwini Jagtap Raises Alarm Over Health Risks in Proposed Punawale Waste Management Project

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Nagpur, 15th December 2023: In the ongoing winter session of the Maharashtra State Legislature, Ashwini Jagtap, the MLA representing Chinchwad, has brought attention to the proposed Solid Waste Management Garbage Depot in Punawale by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).

Expressing her concerns, Ashwini stated, “PCMC has initiated the land acquisition process for the garbage depot in Punawale, but it’s raising serious health concerns for the citizens.” She highlighted that the project, conceived in 2008 when the area had limited development, now poses significant health risks due to the transformation of Punawale into a residential and commercial hub.

“Punawale has seen substantial growth with the establishment of housing complexes, educational institutions, and healthcare facilities. With a population exceeding one lakh and its proximity to the Hinjewadi IT Park, Punawale has emerged as a sought-after residential hub,” Jagtap explained. However, the proposed project’s location near residential buildings and societies raises health concerns for the residents.

Additionally, environmental issues are raised due to its proximity to the forest. Residents in nearby areas like Wakad, Tathawade, Marunji, and Hinjawadi would also be affected by the potential foul odour emanating from the site.

Jagtap urged a reconsideration of the decision, proposing the transformation of the proposed site into an oxygen park, aligning with the sentiments of her constituents.

Residents in objection to the solid waste management project organized a ‘Ghanta Naad Andolan’ recently, aiming to “awaken the administration” to their concerns. The Pimpri Chinchwad Cooperative Housing Societies Federation (PCHSF) took legal action against PCMC Commissioner Shekhar Singh with a notice regarding the proposed project, prompted by the civic body’s moves to acquire land in Punawale for the garbage depot. Prior protests, including a silent protest and a bike rally, have been staged by Punawale residents to express their dissent.