Two days after the private company DVWM withdrew itself from the waste management contract on Saturday, mukhya nagar adhikari (MNA) of Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) Ashok Kumar was transferred from the civic body in a major bureaucratic reshuffle on Monday.
Dehradun district magistrate (DM) BVRC Purushottam was given the additional charge of the MNA with immediate effect. Besides, Bansidhar Tiwari, secretary of Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA), was assigned the extra charge of additional mukhya nagar adhikari (AMNA) to fill in the void created by former AMNA Uday Singh Rana’s transfer to Nainital last month.
As the administrative head of the DMC, Kumar was handling the crucial solid waste management project running on public private partnership (PPP) between DMC and DVWM. He has now been sent to the state secretariat as the additional secretary (administration). It is worth mentioning that the solid waste management project of the city had derailed off late and hit the ground bottom on Saturday when DVWM pulled itself out of the waste disposal contract between the twin bodies. Notably, the DVWM had leveled allegations against the MNA several times in the past holding him responsible for lack of coordination in resolving conflicts between the civic body and the private firm.
The news of Kumar’s transfer was welcomed by the civic body corporators, who had for long been alleging him for the sluggish pace of developmental works and the failure of the solid waste management project. “We welcome this move,” said Saroj Panwar, corporator of ward Arynagar.
When contacted, urban development secretary, government of Uttarakhand, DS Garbyal said that Purushottam’s taking over as the MNA was expected to improve the state of affairs regarding garbage disposal. “The DM has been handed over the charge of the MNA temporarily to bring the derailed garbage disposal of the city back on track. A full-time MNA will soon be appointed to the post,” he said.
BVRC Purushottam said that his priority as the MNA would be to bring the solid waste disposal back on track. “I will try to rectify the garbage disposal woes of the city within two days. Besides DMC’s staff, I am also assigning duties to additional district magistrates (ADMs) and sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) to address this issue,” Purushottam said.