PMC offers discount in development charges for using recycled building material

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) plans to offer discount in development charges for those using recycled building material supplied by the civic body.

The administration is coming up with a plant to reuse the construction waste to produce bricks, flower pots, decorative material and murals. As per civic officials, if these bricks or tiles are used, 5% discount will be offered to the concerned person or party.

“Yes, we are working on a policy to offer discount to those using the recycled construction material. However, it is too early to talk about it since the policy is still in its preliminary stage,” Kunal Kumar, PMC commissioner, told TOI.

He said PMC will use the debris-made products in large number and the administration also wants big housing projects to make use of the recycled material.

The civic administration is set to start a debris-collection system in a month, under which it will appoint an agency to collect unused material and debris from citizens’ doorstep. Vehicles will be sent to places where the debris is generated and it will be transported to the plant.

“The administration would also fix five-six points in the city where people can deposit debris. The agency would then collect the material from these spots,” the officials said.

“Tenders for selecting the plant operators have been issued. The process is expected to be completed in a month’s time. The actual plant and production of the by-products should start in six months’ time,” said Suresh Jagtap, head of PMC’s solid waste management department.

Construction and renovation work in the city has picked up over the years, with debris being dumped recklessly. About 100-150 tonne debris, including concrete, bricks, cement plaster and iron, is generated in Pune every month. The environment status report of the PMC, too, mentions the continued prevalence of illegal dumping of construction rubble in riverbeds and on hills.

Activists have stressed that if PMC wants to check further degradation of water bodies, land, public spaces and green areas, it has to look for immediate solutions to recycle and reuse construction and demolition waste. They have also brought it to the notice of the civic body that rivers and nullahs are choking because of unbridled dumping of debris.

Recently, the Union environment ministry notified the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules 2016, under which, local bodies will have to utilise 10-20% of material from construction and debris waste in municipal and government contracts for construction.

Credits ET Realty

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