Nearly nine months have passed since it decided to clean up the city using sweeping machines, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) is yet to float a tender for the same. The sanitation work in 58 Huda sectors is badly hit as even the contract of private companies engaged in the job has not been renewed after it expired on March 31 last year.
Balaji Security Services, Leading Manpower and International Academy are doing the job on temporary basis since April last year.
Huda officials have been planning to enhance manpower, introduce sweeping machines and increase number of dumpers and tractors used in the work for the past several months, but they do not have enough funds to implement the plan. “If we go with the plan, the expenditure (per month) will shoot up by five times compared to the existing expense and that is where the department is unsure about approval from the state government,” said a senior Huda official on condition of anonymity.
At present, Huda spends Rs. 56 lakh on sanitation every month. Its contractors are short of sanitation staff and vehicles such as JCBs, tractors and trolleys.
The residents are worried and surprised at the way the authority is handling the sanitation issue. “Only one or two staff come to sweep the streets in my sector, which is spread over 300 acres of land. And they do not clean back lanes and drains,” alleged BS Yadav of Sector 22.
Huda chief administrator DPS Nagal refused to comment on the issue, saying that he has not received any such proposal from the local authorities.