The heap of garbage on the street in your neighbourhood is all set to reduce. For, the Rs 970-crore proposal to rent compactors for collection of garbage was passed by the civic standing committee on Wednesday.
On three occasions, the committee had deferred a decision on the proposal. With the onset of monsoon, the delay had led to public outcry. Owing to the delay, civic chief Sitaram Kunte had exercised his special powers and extended the old contracts for a week. However, the S, T and N wards covering areas such as Bhandup, Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli, Mulund and Ghatkopar in the eastern suburbs faced major problem as the contractors were unhappy with the amount promised.
“The extension given to old contractors did not make much difference as the contractors are known to not do their job well under extension. Since the old contracts expired on May 31, there are heaps of garbage to be cleared,” said Pravin Chheda, Congress corporator from Ghatkopar. He said that clearing the garbage that has been accumulated over the last 10 days will remain a major challenge.
According to the contract, the city’s 24 administrative wards have been divided into eight zones. The Rs117-crore proposal for S, T and N wards too was passed.
Additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota said that sufficient measures would be taken at ward-level to speed up the collection of garbage. “Nearly 10-12 compactors will be sent to every ward on a daily basis. The ward officials will be asked to work in extra shifts if need be,” said Jalota.
Charan Singh Sapra, MLC from Mulund, has written to the chief minister and demanded an inquiry in the allocation of contracts. “The contracts should be renewed at least nine months in advance as the contractors need to arrange for new dumpers and other machinery. There is a hidden agenda in deliberately delaying the tendering process. The idea is to get the contracts cleared without any discussion after the onset of monsoon,” said Sapra in his letter.