Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla has committed R100 crore for the first of its kind PPP model to scientifically mange waste along with the civic body. The Adar Poonawalla Clean City Movement (APCCM) was launched on Thursday by Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis and Adar Poonawalla for the cleaning and greening of Pune by focusing on solid waste management.
Poonawalla will be working with the Pune Municipal Corporation and NobleExchange Environment Solutions, which is operations and technology partner for this PPP. Pune is India’s first city to adopt this movement.
“We aim to cover cleaning of 300 km of roads running across municipal limits of the city in a phased manner. Our aim is to make Pune one of the cleanest cities in India,” Poonawalla said. This movement will cover the city’s network of roads in phases over the next three years with a fleet of specially designed trucks, thousands of litter bins. The wet waste will be responsibly removed and processed in a Noble Exchange Environment Solutions plant.
Around one lakh tonnes of wet waste is to be processed at the Talegaon plant and this will free 109 acres of landfill area. One year of wet waste removal will also result in 542 tonnes of carbon emission saved. Pune currently generates over 1,700 tonnes of waste of which 52-55% is wet waste in nature.
The APCCM will support the Pune Municipal Corporation with infrastructure and management of solid waste, specially focusing on organic waste management.
The target is to segregate and process 300-350 tonnes of wet food waste every day. So, in a year about 109,500 tonnes of wet waste will get processed into biofuel and organic manure.