PM Modi praises Adar Poonawalla’s Clean City Initiative

Adar Poonawalla Clean City Initiative (APCC) launched in association with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) was praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his brief visit to the city on November 13,PM Modi visited the premises of Serum Institute of india and keenly observed all the machinery and operations of APCC. Adar Poonawalla is a owner of Cyrus Poonawalla Group & Cheif Executiove Officer of SIOI

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, former union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, Union human resource minister Prakash Jawadekar and governor C Vidyasagar Rao accompanied PM Modi during his short visit. They were received by Cyrus Poonawalla, Founder Chairman, Serum Institute of India (SII) along with Adar Poonawalla, chief executive officer and executive director of SII.

While discussing the importance of such initiatives, PM Modi told Adar Poonawalla, that such initiatives resonate with Clean India Mission and should be replicated in all the cities in India. “He praised the high technology introduced to improve cleanliness for the first time in India. He believes that such public-private initiatives are a must to make India one of the cleanest countries in the world,” said Adar Poonawalla.

APCC, an initiative to make Pune one of the cleanest cities in the world was launched on October 2,2014 that happened to be the 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Adar Poonawalla has invested Rs 100 crore in this initiative.

APCC is a one-of-its-kind cleanliness initiative based on the private and public partnership. APCC has introduced a high-end technology to clean the city in the form of Glutton vacuum litter picker and the Trilo small truck. Currently, the Glutton machines are covering roughly 30 km of roads but in the second they all set to cover all the 1,200 km of roads across the city.

Also, at various areas, APCC has initiated to collect wet waste and recycle it. It is an initiative that has resolved to deal with the issue of waste management & cleanliness with a comprehensive approach and meticulous planning.

While further elaborating on his conversation with the Prime Minister, Adar Poonawalla said that along with APCC, he was also impressed by the work accomplished by SII. “He praised our work in producing the low-cost lifesaving vaccines for children. He said that more companies should come forward and produce such vaccines to save lives of poor children from diseases that can be prevented by vaccines,” Adar Poonawalla said.

APCC believes that Pune can be the one of the cleanest cities in the world if all the citizens and corporates join hands together. “When we will be united and our waste will be segregated at source and completely managed with scientific processing then only we will be able to address our waste problem, like they have done in many western countries,” concluded Adar Poonawalla.

Source: Times of India (15th November 2016)