KCB’s garbage processing unit in Kasarwadi to begin in 2 weeks

  • | Monday | 6th November, 2023

Pune: The Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB)s bio-mining plant at the Kasarwadi garbage dumping site is set to begin functioning in two weeks. The long-pending project, once commissioned, will process about 2.1 lakh tonnes of garbage that has accumulated at the site over the last decade, officials said. The cantonment, spread over 13sqkm, generates 25 tonnes to 30 tonnes of garbage every day.KCBs chief executive officer Robin Baleja said the plant, set up at a cost of Rs 13 crore, will start processing garbage once it gets electricity over the next few days. The KCB has spent Rs 10 crore, while the rest of the funds have been given by the state government. The new plant will address several health and pollution issues that developed due to the accumulation of garbage in the area, Baleja told TOI.The open site has posed a health hazard for several years. The state pollution control board had also warned authorities and imposed fines for improper trash disposal at the site.The agency will process excavation, treatment, segregation and gainful utilisation of aged municipal solid waste, which is referred to as legacy waste, lying at the dump site scientifically, said a KCB official. Plastic, metals and other materials will be recycled at the plant. It will help reduce the health hazards posed by the accumulation of waste over the years, the official added. Once all the garbage is processed, the cantonment will recover some acres of land that had only been used to dump garbage over the years. This will be an added enefit, as the land can be put to better use, said another KCB official. Residents of Kasarwadi, Sant Tukaramnagar and Vallabhnagar in Pimpri Chinchwad municipal limits have also been severely affected due to the garbage dumping in Kasarwadi. They urged the KCB to start work at the plant on a priority basis. The issue has been pending for years. Every time, we get tall promises from civic officials and the KCB. But, on the ground, the problem has not been resolved. We hope there will finally be some actual concrete work, said Kasarwadi resident Sandeep Kale. Imagine the accumulation of some lakhs of tonnes of garbage near your house. It has been a tough time for us. Most days, the foul smell emanating from the site is simply unbearable. Authorities should now work properly to end this plight, said Sangeeta Lakde, another resident of the area.

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