Even as the long-standing friction between the Dehradun municipal corporation (DMC) and private firm Doon Valley Waste Management (DVWM) reached a dead end on Saturday, the former remains thoroughly under prepared to tackle around 250 metric tonne of solid waste generated in Dehradun on a daily basis.
Lacking adequate resources and manpower, the DMC will now be required to come up with a proper garbage disposal backup for the state capital in the wake of the company’s termination.
According to the DMC sources, the civic body does not possess adequate infrastructure and resources to dispose the huge amounts of municipal waste produced daily in the city. In fact, the civic body’s move to withdraw 20 wards from the DVWM in December 2013 was a major setback due to the absence of sufficient mechanisms. The DMC’s preparedness to manage solid waste in all the 60 wards of the city has now come under a cloud of doubt.
“The DMC cannot handle the garbage disposal of the entire city alone. We have already seen how its step to take away 20 wards from DVWM was a mistake,” Bhupendra Kathait, corporator of ward Hathibarkala, said.
It is worth recalling that Dehradun city mayor Vinod Chamoli had recently accepted that the DMC was capable of lifting waste from the dustbins, but did not have enough resources to execute door-to-door collection of waste from households.
A DMC official admitted that the civic body does not have a sound strategy if a garbage disposal crisis cropped up. The official stressed on the need to institute an entire set up for dealing with the situation by procuring new garbage carts, dustbins and hiring more number of vehicles for picking up the garbage.
When contacted, mukhya nagar adhikari (MNA) Ashok Kumar maintained that the civic body will manage within the available resources. “We are taking over vehicles and other paraphernalia back from the DVWM and will continue to use the company’s staff for some time. We are confident that we can pull through the situation with our present resources. We will wait and watch to see if further resources need to be procured,” Kumar told HT.