PMC decides to clear waste

Pune Municipal Corporation has decided to intervene and off load a large heap of construction materials dumped on the footpath near Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC). It came as a major relief to pedestrians who traverse in Agharkar Road in Deccan. 

Pune Mirror had reported on September about the filthy condition the pavement is in and the problems which people are facing as a result of that. They attributed to the construction of new buildings and business establishments as the main reason why waste was hugely dumped in that area.

Ravi Pawar, the assistant commissioner of Ghole Road ward office, said, “The construction material was dumped by nearby business establishments without PMC permission. I ordered my ward officials to visit the spot and clear the pavement for walking. The person responsible agreed that it was an illegal act of dumping when we spoke to him. The heaps were cleared immediately, so we will avoid action.”

There are reports about the waste being lying over there for the past couple of days as a result of which the pedestrians had to divert from their usual way and take to another path which already has a number of bikes and bicycles parked. This mainly happened due to the rubbish lying near Symbiosis College Chowk.

Even though people are relieved about the fact that PMC has taken the matter seriously but they are irked by the delay in handling it.

“PMC finally stepped in and got the debris cleared soon, heralding good news for us. But, it should be more vigilant about similar incidents and do such work before it is reported by the media and shames officials,” said Student Utkarsh Panpule. 


Purushottam Karandak: NACSC, Ahemdnagar emerges winner

Purushottam Karandak, Pune’s largest theater festival for the youth finally came to end on Wednesday. In a one-of-a-kind feat, the New Arts, Commerce and Science College, Ahmednagar pipped Pune’s Sir Parshurambhau (SP) College, four-time winner of Purushottam Karandak in the final round, creating history. The winning play Mic talked about the power of unity and common goals, and its eventual exploitation due to personal motives of individuals.

Karandak festival is an event started by Datye in 1963, in the memory of Late Mr Purushottam Ramachandra also known as Appasaheb Vaze. It it is a confluence of budding talent and passion of upcoming student/ theatre actors along with the age-old experiences of theatre veterans.

Pune’s Modern Engineering College secured the second place and procured the Hari Vinayak Karandak award for their play ASL (Age, Sex, Location) Please, which dealt with conversations with strangers. Sanjeev Karandak, which is the third place was won by Pune’s Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC) for their play Sorry Paranjpe whose theme revolved around the removal of Ram Ganesh Gadkari’s statue in Pune.

“Our hard work seems to have paid off. We are feeling very confident now,”  Krushna Walke who was part of the 16-member winning team told Times of India in an interview. “In the play, we showed how a stage was built by people hailing from different backgrounds who come together for a common cause. However, when there was a mic placed on the stage it is exploited to feed the biases of few. All it results into is cacophony,” he added.

This year’s festival started on August 8 at the Bharat Natya Mandir. In the previous year, Sir Parshurambhau (SP) College of Pune won the title for the fourth time, a feat never achieved by any other college in the history.