Dumping continues at Baner riverside; PMC promises quick action
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The boom in real estate across Pune, especially in the fringe areas, may have changed the skyline of the city, but it has also altered the face of the banks of rivers and water bodies, thanks to indiscriminate dumping of construction debris. At Baner, the dumping of construction waste by the side of the Mula river, near the newly constructed Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Bridge, has once again brought to light the lack of efforts on part of the civic body to control such actions.
Local resident and member of the Baner Area Sabha Anupam Saraph pointed out that the area in question had long been the site of illegal dumping. "The dumping continues throughout the day and repeated complaints to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has failed to produce any result," he said.
The bridge connects the Pimple Nilakh area under Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) with the Baner area of PMC. According to Saraph, the dumping of debris not only reduces the width of the river but also increases the chances of flashfloods.
Residents of Baner had faced flashfloods in 2010, which were mainly due to the obstruction of the water ways. After the floods, the then municipal commissioner Mahesh Zagade had proposed to set up a committee to look into the issue.
Zonal Commissioner (IV) Suresh Jagtap said he would immediately look into the matter. He, however, claimed that the civic body maintained constant watch over such spots to stop dumping of construction debris.