A total of 138 housing societies in the city faced action in the past one year because garbage processing plants were either defunct or missing on their premises.
On an average, as many as 11 societies faced action every month during the continuous checks of the solid waste management department of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). The errant societies were issued notices seeking explanations as to why the wet processing plants were not installed, and they were told to pay fines.
A total of Rs 7.28 lakh was collected as fine. The penalty on each society ranged between Rs 5,000 and Rs 15,000, depending on the violation of norms.
The PMC made it mandatory for the housing societies generating over 100 kg of wet garbage on daily basis to set up a processing plant. The aim of the initiative was to treat garbage at the source instead of carrying it to other locations.