Garbage trucks skip spots on way to dump, miss trips: study
A pilot study conducted to track garbage collection across four areas in the city found that contractors appointed by the civic body to collect the city’s waste are shirking the job for which they are being paid a whopping amount.mumbai Updated: Apr 12, 2013 02:16 IST
A pilot study conducted to track garbage collection across four areas in the city found that contractors appointed by the civic body to collect the city’s waste are shirking the job for which they are being paid a whopping amount.
Despite having a fixed schedule, many waste-collection vehicles were found skipping several collection points, while they would remain illegally parked at dumping grounds. Also, many vehicles were found to be diverting from their route and waiting at several spots. Civic sources in charge of the study said that at these spots, waste would be segregated before it reached the dumping grounds, so as to make money out of the dry waste that can be recycled.
The study also found vehicles not making the requisite number of trips. “There are many points which generate a high amount of garbage, especially those with eateries and commercial establishments. We schedule two to three trips to such spots. However, many vehicles were found to be collecting waste only once,” said a source, associated with the study.
Deputy municipal commissioner Prakash J Patil confirmed the report. “The findings are true. However, we cannot solely depend on its face-value and take action. We need to go deeper into each finding and understand why they occurred and whether it was because of a nexus or plain logistic problems,” he said.
The previous tender to appoint contractors for waste collection expired on May 31 last year, and the new tender should ideally be passed six to months earlier so that contractors can mobilise resources. However, the tender was passed only in June. Opposition parties had said this was the result of a nexus between ruling party corporators, administration and the contractors.
Congress MLC Charan Singh Sapra said he would write to the chief minister asking for waste-collection tenders also to be investigated by the special investigative team formed to probe irregularities in awarding contracts to operating the three dumping grounds in the city. “Waste collection is where irregularities, collusion and corruption first emerge,” he said.