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Environment status report 2016: Corporators urge action

On the overall assessment in the environment status report (ESR) of 2015-16, the environment performance index has slightly decreased in the PMC despite conservation efforts.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
September 27, 2016 4:19:47 am

THE Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) general body Monday approved the Environment Status Report (ESR) for 2016 with corporators urging the civic administration to work towards increasing the green cover through tree plantations and also check the menace of stray dogs.

Of the 152-strength of the general body, hardly 20 corporators spoke on the ESR which was later approved unanimously.

As per the ESR, the pollution in the city continues to increase with rapid urbanisation and has its reflection on the environment performance index of the city which has shown a decrease for the second consecutive year.

On the overall assessment in the environment status report (ESR) of 2015-16, the environment performance index has slightly decreased in the PMC despite conservation efforts. Out of 1,000 marks, the PMC got 707.8 in 2015-16 which was 708 in 2014-15 and 708.3 the previous year.

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There has been an increase of vehicles on city roads as 28.70 lakh vehicles registered with the RTO in 2014-15 which increased to 31.07 lakh vehicles in 2015-16. The maximum increase has been of two-wheelers followed by family cars. This has resulted in an increase in air pollution as well as sound pollution across the city. The sound pollution in silence zone is as bad as in any other part of city.

The pollution of water bodies has also become a concern as the nallah and river in the city have seen rise in pollution due to untreated sewage from across the city coming into it. The water in the lakes is less polluted in comparison to rivers. However, the PMC is optimistic of checking the water pollution after executing the Rs 1,000-crore project to set up new sewage treatment plants across city.

As the report mentions increase in cases of dogbites, the corporators urged the PMC to get into action to resolve the issue. In 2015, 18,567 cases of dogbites were registered with the PMC as against 12,131 in 2014. According to PMC data, the number of malaria and dengue cases has drastically gone down in 2015 compared to 2014 but there has been a rise in Chikungunya cases.

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