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Existing situation of Solid waste management in pune city, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Botany, Baburaoji Gholap College, Sangvi, Pune, MS, INDIA
  • 2Shree Vinay Engg. Services Pvt. Ltd. working site Tata Motors Pvt. Ltd. Pimpri Pune, MS, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 1, Issue (ISC-2011), Pages 348-351, (2012)


At present the most serious problem of pollution is the direct result of human activity. As soon as large settlement and towns become common, the problem of disposal of solid waste arose. India is also experiencing tremendous growth in urban areas. Urban centers of India produce 120,000 tones of solid waste per day. Some metropolitan cities like Bombay, Calcutta, Bangalore, and Pune showing typical urban pollution. Among these Pune is also one of the city which produces large quantity (1000-2000 mt/day) of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). There is major problem of its disposal and management. Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) dispose municipal solid waste at Urali Devachi Depot which is 20 km away from pune city. Due to unscientific disposal of MSW the huge hips are produced at the disposal site. The decomposition of waste produce leachate. This leachate gets percolated in surrounding ground water. In the present study leachate and well water of near by area is analyzed for the concentration of chromium and zinc. The analytical data showed that concentration of chromium and zinc in leachate is 5 to 8 mg/l and 10 to 15 mg/l respectively which is more than permissible limit of MPCB (Maharashtra Pollution Control Board). The concentration of chromium and zinc is 5 to 8 mg/l and 6 to 9.5 mg/l in nearby well water. This clearly indicates that there is higher concentration of these metals in well water. The people residing in these areas are using well water for drinking, domestic and for agricultural use. It is observed that the people living in this area having health and hygienic problems such as allergic, asthmatic, bronchitis, skin irritation and gastro intestinal diseases. These problems are discussed in this paper.


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