The growing expanse of garbage along the median under the Metro viaduct on Karve Road and other locations has become a major eyesore and health concern. The Metro viaduct on Karve and Paud roads passes through the centre of the carriageway. The construction of the viaduct and the median has almost been completed on most of the stretch.
MahaMetro officials said they have initiated steps to fill the median with soil as the space could be utilized for plantation in later stages.
Hemant Sonawane, general manager (public relations) at MahaMetro, said, “We have already started filling up the median with soil on the stretches where construction has been completed. We are also clearing the garbage on regular basis from the sites where Metro work is under way. The MahaMetro will coordinate with the Pune Municipal Corporation to keep the median clean.”
Sources from the PMC said cleaning and sweeping was carried out on Karve and Paud roads on daily basis. Ajit Deshmukh, head of the PMC’s solid waste management department, said, “We will ask local sanitary staffers and sweepers to clean the spots. Local officials will be told to increase vigil at the spots to prevent dumping of garbage along the median. We appeal to the citizens to hand over garbage to the waste picking vans and not to throw it on road or any vacant places,” Deshmukh added.