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Fear of garbage pile-up over expired collection contracts

Mumbai faces the risk of piling garbage as there is no clarity on the issuance of fresh contracts for collection and disposal of garbage by the civic administration as well as civic standing committee, which controls civic coffers. The current contracts came to an end on May 31.

mumbai Updated: Jun 14, 2012 01:24 IST
Alok Deshpande

Mumbai faces the risk of piling garbage as there is no clarity on the issuance of fresh contracts for collection and disposal of garbage by the civic administration as well as civic standing committee, which controls civic coffers. The current contracts came to an end on May 31.

The proposal worth Rs 970 crores to rent compactors (specially built vehicles) to collect Mumbai’s garbage was again rejected by the standing committee on Wednesday.

The infighting between the standing committee of elected representatives and the administration has already led to refusal of the proposal (for fresh garbage collection contracts) in its current form, twice before.

The previous contract has already ended on May 31, 2012.

Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte through his special powers has allocated Rs50 lakh for temporary arrangement for garbage collection by existing contractors till the proposal gets cleared from the standing committee. However, this amount seems to be falling short with areas such Mulund, Bhandup and Ghatkopar already facing problem with garbage not being cleared regularly. If the situation persists, whole of Mumbai is likely to get affected by the end of the month. The situation may worsen once the monsoon starts. “We clearly see that these contractors do not work satisfactorily. Why then should we award them the contract?” said Pravin Chheda of Congress while explaining why there was opposition by the committee.

The standing committee has asked the administration to prepare a ‘master plan’ for the city’s garbage management which is expected to be submitted in a month’s time. Chairman, standing committee, Rahul Shewale said: “There needs to be a change in the entire system of waste management.” He insisted that there would not be a garbage problem in the city. “We are hoping to resolve the issue in our next meeting (which is likely next week),” he said.