The ambitious plan to decentralise the garbage disposal at four different places in the city received a boost with the forest department finally giving its approval to set up a garbage disposal plant in Punawale. This will enable the city to have four garbage disposal plants in different parts of the city as against the present system of the lone dumping ground at Urali Devachi village.

The Social Forestry Department of the State Government has decided to set up National Green Corps (NGC) parks in each district by July 31. In a joint venture with the forestry department, the city-based Poona Club is engaged in wooing environmentalists

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party has expressed displeasure about the manner in which the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has undertaken sewerage treatment for the rivers in the city, the latter has sought fresh funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for continuing the work. The civic administration is also readying a plan to address the sewerage treatment demands up to 2015. The BJP leadership is not amused, saying that PMC should address present day issues before gazing into the future.

Q&A/ M Ramachandran The Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) may have failed to charm the Delhi commuter, but it is working well in many cities around the world. About Rs 3,500 crore have been committed from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for its introduction in another 8-10 Indian cities. Urban Development Secretary M Ramachandran discusses the system with Anjuli Bhargava and the steps necessary to make it work: Which cities are suited to an MRTS and which ones to a BRTS?

Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE), has announced that its entire sub 100 HP range of Massey Ferguson and TAFE tractors, barring one model, has been made compatible for use with bio diesel. These tractors can use the current 5% blend of regular diesel with diesel produced by esterising vegetable oils obtained from Corn, Jatropha, Rape Seed, etc. Since use of edible oil for this purpose is banned in our country, oil from Jatropha is normally used for making bio diesel which is a green fuel, bio degradable and environmental friendly.

A City-based engineer Prabhakar Wawge, has come up with a solar water heating system, which can be used in multistoried building without using terrace area. It can be used as a wall integrated solar water heating system and does not require any pumping mechanism for circulation. Wawge got the patent for his invention recently. He claims that in comparison with normal solar system his invention reduces the cost of solar water heating system by Rs 3000 to Rs 3500.

Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG), under its

On March 28, following a high-powered state committee's report clearing the project, Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh gave Dow Chemical International Pvt Ltd's proposed research and

Environment activists on Monday met Municipal Commissioner Praveensinh Pardeshi to protest against the Pune Municipal Corporation's (PMC) proposal of constructing more flyovers in the city, saying that these flyovers do not help improve the overall traffic situation and therefore urged the civic body to withdraw the proposal.

The building construction activity which is going on at brisk pace in the twin industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad continues to pose health problems for residents. In last four months, as many as 51 citizens have been affected malaria. Another unnerving fact for citizens is that dengue cases, which are common after the rains, have also come to light. As many as 19 citizens have received treatment for dengue in different hospitals in last four months.