The issue of poor sanitation and garbage management today continued to dog the civic authorities with demonstrations being held and prompting the civic chief to effect a reshuffle in the solid waste management (SWM) cell.
Civic chief H S Kamble relieved health officer Dr Jaishree Kulkarni of the additional charge of the SWM cell and handed over it to deputy commissioner Ravindra Nikam.
As reported earlier, incharge civic chief Gokul Maware had transferred administrative officer Priyanka Kesarkar as SWM incharge, but the transfer was withdrawn after the civic chief returned from his foreign tour (on August 26).
Naregaon stir ends
The two-day long 'rasta roko' agitation by Naregaon residents and corporator Manish Dahihande ended today after the civic chief gave them a written assurance to shift the dump from their locality in two months.
"We had finalised a suitable place for the dump and obtained the necessary no-objection certificates," the civic chief told reporters before leaving for Naregaon to meet the agitators.
As reported earlier, the agitators did not allow sanitary workers to dump garbage since Friday. This forced the workers to park their garbage-laden vehicles on the campus of the old central octroi check-post. Notably, Naregaon residents have been protesting against the dump for many days because of threat to their health.
Meanwhile, corporators belonging to Shiv Sena, BJP and NCP today staged a sit-in in front of the office of the municipal commissioner this afternoon to draw his attention to the poor garbage management.
Prominent among those who participated in the agitation include Sameer Rajurkar, Sanjay Chaudhary, Gopal Kulkarni, NCP activists Sunil Jagtap and Raju Ahire. They underlined the need for lifting garbage from every nook and corner as Ganeshotsav is commencing from next week.
Deputy commissioner R P Nikam tried to convince them, but in vain as they kept sitting in protest on the floor for over an hour.
They called off their protest only after the civic chief, the standing committee chairman and House leader assured them of maintaining good sanitary conditions during the festive season.