Civic officials will conduct surprise checks on Mumbai’s dumping grounds to see whether garbage trucks are dumping debris instead of garbage at these spots, minister of state for urban development Bhaskar Jadhav said on Friday.
Jadhav was responding to a question by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena legislator Ram Kadam during a debate on the problems at the dumping ground in Thane.
Jadhav said the authorities will also install closed circuit television cameras to monitor whether illegal activity was being carried out at the dumping ground. Kadam had alleged that contractors hired by the municipal corporation to collect garbage from across the city were dumping debris to show that the trucks had made more trips and charge money accordingly.
The contractors are paid on the basis of the number of trips their trucks make. By showing a higher number of trips than needed, they not only get more money from the civic body but also collect get paid by builders who want to dispose of debris from construction sites, it is alleged.
Jadhav said the government would take steps to prevent corruption in garbage dumping.
Saying that the availability of garbage dumping grounds was a problem, Jadhav informed the House that the state government was planning to reserve land for dumping grounds when it prepares the development plan or development control rules for cities.