In its bid to tackle the growing garbage menace in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to fine hotel and restaurant owners for non-segregation of garbage before dumping it into the Ghanta Gadis or garbage collection vans. The decision is similar to the one issued by the civic body for all households in the city.
To ensure effective implementation, ward officers were asked to hold meetings with hotel and restaurant owners in their respective wards and brief them about the importance of segregating garbage before dumping, and warn them of stringent action if found not following the directive. “Though hotel owners are aware about segregating garbage, we are still facing the problem of mixed garbage. Several hotels dump garbage without segregating it, of which plastic is a major part,” In-charge of Solid Waste Management Suresh Jagtap said.
“We have issued orders to every ward officer in the city to hold meetings with hotel owners in their respective wards and tell them about segregation of garbage. Hotel owners will also be informed about the stringent action that will be taken against them if they do not segregate waste.” Divisional Sanitary Inspector of Ghole Road ward office, Madhukar Karkrud, said it is essential for hotel owners to understand the importance of segregating garbage.
“We cannot process garbage unless it has been segregated at the source. A meeting was conducted last week, wherein all queries related to garbage segregation and disposal were discussed and resolved. We’ll be conducting another meeting next week with another panel of hoteliers. If they fail to follow our instructions, then they will be entitled to pay a fine to the municipality.” Apart from holding meetings, the civic body officials are updating the list of hotels that currently dump their waste material into the garbage collection vans.