Following complaints of garbage not being lifted regularly, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued notices to two contractors, and also plans to levy a penalty on them.
The contractors, JWS Private Limited and Anthony Waste Handling Cell Private Limited, were appointed to collect waste from the collection points and transport them to the dumping grounds.
The rules prescribe that the collection vehicles should make one trip to the dumping ground every eight hours. However, the vehicles of these two contractors made fewer trips, especially during the monsoon.
"There have been instances when the vehicles have not reached the garbage collection spot for over 24 hours. The BMC needs to get a hold on the contractors," said Prabhakar Shinde, Shiv Sena corporator.
Additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani said the penalty amount would be calculated on the basis of the trips made by the contractors.
The BMC has also issued a notice to United Phosphorous Limited (UPL), which has been given a contract for planned scientific closure of the Deonar dumping ground. A spokesperson for UPL said, "We will be able to get back to you tomorrow on this."
"The contractor at Deonar has delayed the groundwork for the closure by a full year. He has been issued a notice and will also be penalised," said Adtani.
He added that the access road for dumpers to enter the dumping ground and discharge garbage is also not ready. "The ground work was supposed to be ready by November 2011, and the contractor has now promised to complete it in the next five months," he said.
The standing committee members also said that dumpers get stuck in the slurry at the Deonar dumping ground, which makes movement difficult.
"If the access road for which the contractor has been paid was ready, the dumpers would have fewer problems," said Rahul Shewale, standing committee chairman.