PUNE: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) has criticised Pune Municipal corporation's proposal of setting plants to process and dispose mixed municipal solid waste claiming that the proposal is of serious concern as it will be health hazardous to citizens of the city.
In a statement released by GAIA, it has mentioned that the proposal will severely jeopardize city's ongoing efforts of sustainable waste management as well as it will be a threat to the environment of the city. In the statement, GAIA has also stated that there is no technology in the world that can process mixed waste without causing an adverse impact on the environment.
Dharmesh Shah of GAIA said, " the proposal has a mention of 15 small processing plants of 100 to 250 ton per day processing capacity. Apart from that there are five large plants of 500 tons per day capacity across the city on a land owned by PMC. PMC will be entering into contract for longer period which will prevent civic administration in taking up other steps in regards with waste management."
Shah added, " PMC is exploring, incinerators are known to have the worse impact on public health and ecology. Incinerator emissions are linked to life threatening health conditions including cancers, birth defects, heart problems, asthma etc. and having several of them across the city will turn Pune into a toxic gas chamber."