Heaps of garbage accumulate as Jaipur civic body struggles with tenders
Lifting of garbage in city neighbourhoods has been affected with the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) struggling to find manpower as contracts of temporary sanitation workers have expiredjaipur Updated: Nov 03, 2016 20:31 IST
Lifting of garbage in city neighbourhoods has been affected with the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) struggling to find manpower as contracts of temporary sanitation workers have expired, an official said on Thursday.
Heaps of garbage dumped on roads has become a common sight in four city zones, including Moti Doongri, Hawa Mahal East, Mansarover and Civil Lines due to shortage of manpower.
Although the JMC is trying to salvage the situation by deploying permanent sanitation workers, inadequate manpower is hindering the process, said Baldev Prasad Sharma, deputy commissioner of Moti Doongri zone.
“There is a problem of manpower as we are working without the 234 temporary sanitation workers in our zone since their contract expired. We are trying to utilise permanent workers to lift garbage,” he said.
The contract of temporary sanitation workers in Vidhyadhar Nagar zone will also expire on November 5.
Earlier in June this year, the civic body invited bids for short term tenders from contractors after it black listed the company that used to provide temporary sanitation workers.
Before the expiry of the three-month contract, the JMC had floated three tenders in October but none of the contractors submitted bids. The contractors tried to arm twist the JMC in easing conditions for their benefit.
“We have agreed to some of their conditions, including lowering of penalty for late submission of bills and also timely reimbursement paid by the JMC to contractors, who pay the workers’ provident fund and ESI. Their other conditions have been sent to the government for consideration,” said Naveen Bhardwaj, deputy commissioner of health.
“We have 4,700 permanent sanitation workers in the eight zones who are trying to fill in for the temporary sanitation workers. After agreeing to the conditions of the contractors we are in the process of floating tenders for the fourth time,” he said.