Defence Minister Participates in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
The Defence Minister Mr Manohar Parrikar participated in a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan organized by Pune Cantonment Board on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, 2016 along with prominent dignitaries Mr Anil Shirole, MP, Mrs Gita Perti, Director, Mr A Bhaskar Reddy, Director, Mr KJS Chauhan, Director, Defence Estates, Brig AK Tyagi, President, Cantt Board Mr Dilip Giramkar, Vice President, Dr DN Yadav, Chief Executive Officer, Pune, Mr Amol Jagtap, CEO, Kirkee, Mr Abhijeet Sanap, CEO, Dehu Road and all elected members of Pune and Kirkee Cantonment Board.
The campaign was held at Kohinoor Chowk, off MG Road in Pune Cantonment. The programme was attended by large number of people, students, Elected Members of Pune, Kirkee and Dehu Road Cantonment Boards, besides Officers of Army and Principal Directorate, Defence Estates.
Mr Manohar Parrikar in his speech appealed for cleanliness and said that Swachh Bharat was a dream of our Father of Nation. If each person keeps the surrounding where he / she lives and works clean, India can achieve Swachh Bharat, he added.
Defence Minister visited the site of 20 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant under construction at Boottee Street being constructed at a cost of Rs 37.35 crores. The project has been sanctioned with special funds allocated by MOD to improve the sanitation in the Cantonment and to prevent sewage flowing into the river. The Board is adopting latest C-Tech technology under Sequential Batch Reactor process instead of conventional system. The project is likely to be completed by May, 2017. This STP plant will cater to sewage generated from the entire civil area / Bazar area of the Cantonment.
Later Defence Minister visited the site of Trenching Ground at Hadapsar and opined that Goa Panaji Model of garbage disposal system may be adopted in Pune.
Pune Cantonment Board lifts around 60 tons of garbage from the Cantonment area. Twelve vehicles (Ghanta Gadis) have been deployed for door to door garbage collection from the congested areas of the Cantonment. The prestigious Chhatrapati Shivaji Market is cleaned twice a day. Around 187 dustbins are kept in the Army area and 85 dustbins are kept in the civil areas which are cleared on a daily basis. The Board maintains a fleet of two compactors, three tippers, five skip loaders. Three tippers are separately hired for collection of garbage from hotels and restaurants. The Board has acquired / hired high pressure jetting machine and other modernized equipments for cleaning of the public toilets and urinals.
- Mahesh Iyengar