Saturday, December 05, 2009

Bin there, stolen it

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had set up around 250 litter bins a year ago, that cost more than Rs 8 lakh. However, none of these litter bins can be seen on the streets a year down the line. Vivek Velankar, city-based RTI activist, filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act to find out the current situation of litter bins in the city. Velankar found that PMC had set up around 250 of these litter bins all over the city. Most of them were installed near bus stops and junctions, with the idea being that people waiting for buses could use them as well as commuters who had just gotten off the buses could throw their ticket stubs in the bins. Also, they were to be used by pedestrians, with the idea to keep Pune `clean and green'. The whole initiative was undertaken before the commencement of the
Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG), which the city hosted in October last year.
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