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Adar Poonawalla

Adar Poonawalla is the owner and CEO of Serum Institute of India. His vision for the "Clean City Initiative" began in 2014 when he found it impossible to walk on Indian streets without either stepping in garbage or being able to dispose off any trash and realised that if India’s image had to be improved a drastic change would be required with good management, local government support and substantial funding upwards of 20 Million USD (100 Crore Rupees).

The first phase will cover roughly 30KM of roads in Pune. The second phase will reach the whole city which is approximately 1200KM of roads and if all that succeeds, this model can be replicated in other cities. Currently 150 machines / equipments are on the streets. Glutton Vacuum Litter Picker, Trilo Small Truck which also has a vacuum suction machine which uses the best technology to pickup and clear the waste from the streets and this is been done for the first time in India. His vision was to construct a self sustainable model whereby it can be replicated in other cities. This program in order to fully succeed will need to engage individuals / corporates as well to segregate their waste at source, EG : In residential societies / hotels / office complexes.

"It is only at that stage that we will truly be able to address our country's waste as it is done in Western countries who have over the years evolved to a very sophisticated system of waste management and green recycling."

"Everyone feels helpless when they see garbage and waste lying on our streets and everyone wants to do something about it, however the solutions to solve these basic problems have always been so complex that many have shied away from addressing them." He realised that he would not be able to solve these issues alone and without key partnerships it would be impossible to achieve his goals. The 2 key partners he chose were Noble Exchange to manage and process the waste in a green manner and of course Pune Municipal Corporation under the guidance of Mr Kunal Kumar without which permissions and planning would have been impossible. He also realised that a lot of his personal time into meticulous planning would be required whether it was designing of bins, logistics, truck movement and processing of waste in an environmentally friendly manner.


My APCC app is a one of its kind app that allows the citizens of Pune in Pune Municipal Corporation & Pune Cantonment Board limits to:

  • Track the location of our state of the art garbage picking machines and bins
  • View garbage details reported by others
  • Upload garbage image at the click of a button
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