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Victory for Punawale as State Government Orders Cancellation of Proposed Garbage Depot

Attention of MLA Ashwini Jagtap: Positive answer of Cabinet Minister Uday Samant

Nagpur | December 19, 2023 : Punawalekar united against the proposed garbage depot of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and protested against the administration. Leaders of all parties gave positive support in this battle. It has been successful and the said waste depot project has been ordered to be canceled on behalf of the state government.

In a significant win for the residents of Punawale, the state government has issued an order to cancel the proposed garbage depot project by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. The united front of Punawalekar, supported by leaders from all political parties, successfully drew the attention of Chinchwad Assembly Constituency MLA Ashwini Jagtap during the winter session.

Cabinet Minister Uday Samant responded positively to MLA Ashwini Jagtap’s plea, assuring an immediate order for the cancellation of the controversial project. The tireless efforts of various stakeholders, including the Pimpri-Chinchwad Society Housing Federation, Samast Punawlekar, and local leaders like Navnath Dhavle, Sandeep Pawar, Chetan Bhujbal, Sachin Londhe, Rahul Kate, Amit Kate, and Sagar Lendwe, have finally borne fruit.

While the Waste to Energy project in Moshi is operational at full capacity, questions arose about the necessity of a new waste depot in Punawale. BJP city president Shankar Jagtap expressed solidarity with Punawalekar, questioning the need for an additional waste disposal facility.

City president of the Nationalist Sharad Pawar group, Tushar Kamthe, further supported the cause by going on a chain hunger strike against the Punawale Garbage Depot. The positive response from the state government reflects the combined efforts of local leaders across party lines and the residents of Punawale.

What happened in the auditorium?

Speaking in the hall, MLA Ashwini Jagtap said that 26 hectares of land in Punawle was reserved for a garbage depot in 2008. In the last 15 years, around 1 lakh citizens have settled in this area. This project has been approved in principle by the central government.

MLA Ashwini Jagtap highlighted the historical context, stating that the land reservation for the garbage depot dates back to 2008 when 26 hectares were earmarked for the project. Over the past 15 years, the area has witnessed substantial growth, with approximately 1 lakh citizens now calling Punawale home.

Jagtap emphasized that the municipal administration initiated the project after 15 years, despite the absence of final approval from the central government. According to the project report, the terms and conditions stipulated by the central government were not fulfilled within the prescribed time, and no correspondence had been received regarding the project.

Cabinet Minister Uday Samant clarified that the forest department sought alternative locations for the solid waste management project, with Mulshi and Chandrapur initially considered. However, the Forest Department rejected the Chandrapur site, adhering to the central government’s directives that the project should not inconvenience local citizens. Minister Samant affirmed the cancellation of the solid waste project in Punawale and the pursuit of an alternate location.

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