Solid waste management is a complex issue and requires coordination between all stake holders. Cities produce garbage all the time and Pune is no different. The innovative SWaCH model that makes Pune different from the rest of the world has several checks and balances to ensure it runs smoothly. It also has dedicated field staff who are on the ground everyday making sure that the system is functioning optimally. While garbage is collected from each household by self- employed waste pickers themselves, the basic unit for ease of coordination is an electoral ward or a prabhag. There are 76 such prabhags in the city which are staffed by coordinators.
Each prabhag has a coordinator who liaises between the citizens and the waste pickers as well as the PMC staff for the smooth collection and disposal of garbage. The coordinators work with the SWaCH waste pickers and liaise with the PMC staff and the citizens in order to ensure that the system runs on oiled wheels.
Any issue that escalates beyond the prabhag, affects more than one prabhag or is beyond the scope of a prabhag-coordinator is handled by a ward-coordinator. There are 15 Ward coordinators who track issues that might affect the smooth collection and disposal of waste in these wards.
On occasion the issues spill over more than one ward and in such cases the Zone-coordinator takes over. Pune Solid waste management is divided into 4 zones and there is a SWaCH Zone coordinator handling each of these zones. They ensure that the work is carried out systematically and in an orderly way.
The Operations manager of SWaCH holds all these zones together and ensures that the Solid Waste Management system works smoothly. The names and contact details of the field staff are listed here: We look forward to hearing from you.
|Zone||Ward Name||Ward Coordinators||Contact Number|
|Zone2||Dhole Patil||Vinayak Dolas||9158007077|
|Zone3||Tilak Road||Nitin Thakur||7030901986|