Things appeared to reach a dead end on Saturday with the Doon Valley Waste Management (DVWM), on the eve of its termination deadline, initiating the procedure of handing over the Dehradun municipal corporation (DMC) paraphernalia back to the civic body. Though the DMC administration refused to term it as a final closure, DVWM’s statement made it apparent that the handing over of the machinery indicated an end of a three-year-long association between the parties.
It has come as a major setback to the garbage disposal mechanism of the state capital.
A meeting called by the state government to resolve the standoff between DMC and DVWM officials ended in vain on Friday evening. The DMC and the DVWM had signed a contract for management of solid waste in the state capital on a public private partnership (PPP) mode in March 2011. After three years of a sweet and sour relationship, the DVWM served its final termination notice to the civic body on January 31 citing contractual irregularities.
“No action was taken on our various demands despite our two termination notices. It is not possible for us to function anymore amid the breach of contractual obligations. Even the DMC does not seem interested in letting us continue the work. So, we’re handing back all their machinery to them,” Siddharth Jain, chief executive officer of DVWM, told HT. In its January notice, the company had announced ending its garbage disposal services from March 2 onwards.
Late on Saturday evening, the company administration confirmed that the situation meant an official termination of contract from its end. Jain emphasised that the state of affairs were bleak. “I don’t think there’s a way out (of the crisis) now. So, we have decided to call it a day now. Nevertheless, we will continue to offer all possible support to the DMC during the transition period as we do not want the city to suffer,” Jain added.
DMC’s mukhya nagar adhikari (MNA) Ashok Kumar corroborated the development saying, “We are taking our (garbage disposal) vehicles and other paraphernalia back from the company. A committee has been formed to look into the DVWM’s demands which will give its report within 15 days.”
When asked if it meant a definitive end to the association, Kumar said, “We are committed to serving the city and will continue to do so, with or without DVWM.”