The Indore civic body is all set to officially pull the plug on the A2Z Company, the garbage management firm allegedly responsible for the plagued condition of the city thoroughfares, the municipal commissioner said on Friday.
"The firm has failed to deliver on all fronts, right from garbage collection to transportation and disposal at trenching site. A proposal for its termination is already been sent to mayor-in-council for approval," municipal commissioner Manish Singh told Hindustan Times.
The corporation has now also decided to take full responsibility of management of municipal solid waste in the city, and is in the process of reclaiming all the machinery it gave to A2Z, and procuring more machinery for the purpose.
City mayor Malini Gaud had recently announced that it would terminate the contracts with the company.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Singh said, "We had issued several notices to the firm for their inefficiency, but there have been no satisfactory reply from their end."
The company is not even paying wages to their drivers and workers and the civic body is doing their work at the corporation's expenses, he added.
The official said that the most of the vehicles, machinery and equipment given to the company for cleaning the city are beyond repair now. "The corporation shall impose heavy penalty on the company," he said.
The corporation has given more than 150 vehicles to the company, out of which the company is only plying about 40 vehicles for garbage lifting.
At present the corporation is lifting about 400 metric tonnes of garbage from the city, whereas the A2Z is lifting only about 150 metric tonnes, said Akhilesh Upadhyay, an IMC official.
The company had signed a seven-year contract for lifting and transporting garbage from the city, which is going to end in 2016. The commissioner observed that lack of proper monitoring by the corporation all these years is also one of the reasons why the company never bothered to abide by the terms of contract.
The corporation is planning to enhance strength of its sanitation workers and their welfare to encourage them towards keeping the city clean. "We will establish an organised system for solid waste management in Indore within a couple of months," assured the newly appointed commissioner.
However, K K Sharma, PRO of the company said, "It takes huge amount of money for maintenance and repair work of vehicles, and corporation does not make regular payments to us, then how can they expect cent per cent work."