WAKE UP TMC !!! YOU CAN'T FORSAKE YOUR BASIC RESPONSIBILITY OF MANAGING DRY WASTE IN THANE

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     WAKE UP TMC !!!. YOU CAN'T LEAVE THANEKARS HIGH & DRY

It is rather unfortunate that without creating/ putting in place a proper infrastructure/ mechanism to manage/recycle huge quantities of dry waste generated by people across Thane city, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has chosen to stop dry waste collection from housing societies in the city with a population of 18.41 lakh population (2011 census), from the extended deadline of July 15, 2018. Ironical it may seem, but the TMC’s initiative to enforce the July 15, 2018 deadline for ending the dry waste collection comes in the face of a stiff resistance being put up by a sizeable section of housing societies producing more than 100 kilograms of wet waste per society everyday to the civic administration’s move to stop wet waste collection by July 15, 2018 and the plastic ban enforced by the Maharashtra government by June 23, 2018.

We are restricting this petition to the problems to be faced by the residents and housing societies in dealing with dry waste, in the event of the TMC going ahead with its extended deadline of July 15, 2018 to stop the dry waste collection from housing societies in Thane.

We – as conscientious citizens and housing societies of Thane – are all for the TMC creating/putting in place a proper infrastructure/mechanism to dispose of/recycle a part of dry waste generated by various entities like housing societies, markets, hotels, private companies, public undertakings, educational institutions, hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, religious places, sports venues and commercial establishments. But, we are definitely against the TMC forsaking its basic responsibility of dealing with dry waste generated in the city and putting the onus of dealing with the problem on the hapless housing societies and other entities the same. We would not definitely like the TMC to leave the citizens of Thane high and dry in a matter that concerns all of them in their day-to-day lives.

In view of the impending July 15, 2018 deadline to stop dry waste collection, we hereby request Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis  (cm@maharashtra.gov.in , twitter handle: CMO Maharashtra‏ @CMOMaharashtra ) to intervene in the matter forthwith and direct the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to make necessary amends.

Request the people of Thane and people from other parts of the country who support the cause to join and sign this petition addressed to the Maharashtra Chief Minister to direct Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal to implement the following suggestions:

1)      Instead of putting a full stop to the dry waste collection, the TMC may reduce the periodicity of the segregated dry waste collection from daily as is the case now to once in a week.

2)     The TMC may fix periodicity for collection and announce a schedule for collection of garden waste, sanitary napkins & diapers, Thermocol waste, medical waste, electronic waste etc from housing societies.

3)     Rather than merely throwing the waste at the dumping yard, the TMC may make proper arrangements to dispose of  the waste in an eco-friendly manner or recycle whatever waste that is possible    

4)     If it wants to enlist the help of NGO (s) to deal with the dry waste, the TMC may do so. This is provided the NGO concerned does not collect charges in the form of anything including transportation -- from the housing societies. If vehicles are an issue with the NGO, the TMC may provide few of its vehicles to transport the dry waste on the stipulated days.

5)     The TMC should ensure that the waste collected by NGO is disposed of or recycled properly.

6)     The TMC should expedite setting up of poly fuel plant, completion of which has been delayed for reasons best known to the civic administration.

7)     The TMC should forthwith set up its own dry waste re-cycling centre so that a part of its dry waste management needs are taken care.

8)     The TMC may consider using light plastic waste (collected by way of dry waste) to add to a hot mix of asphalt (better known as ‘tar’) and stone crush for building roads.  A few municipal corporations in Maharashtra are already using plastic waste for making roads.     

9)     Simultaneously, the TMC may provide incentives to NGOs and private firms wanting to set up poly fuel plants so that they can collect dry waste free of charge from the housing societies and use at their plants.

10)  Last but not least, the TMC should take immediate steps to educate the residents on the black bin liners used by the people for keeping the wet waste at their homes. This is essential since there is still a lot of confusion in the minds of people about whether they can use black bin liners  for keeping wet waste, especially in the wake of the plastic ban enforced by the Maharashtra government from June 23.

We look forward to Maharashtra chief minister’s immediate intervention in the matter.               

 



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