The civic administration on Tuesday formally accepted that the civic body has not had enough vehicles to collect garbage in the past two months. And the situation will not improve till mid-August.
The number of compactors, mini compactors and small closed vehicles that corporators have been providing to help collect garbage since 2007, has decreased significantly in June and July (see box). This has resulted in a pile up of garbage in various parts of the city including Mulund, Bhandup, Ghatkopar and Dadar.
The administration has cited various reasons for the shortfall in garbage-clearing vehicles. "As per a central government rule, it was made mandatory to use Bharat stage IV standard vehicles, which were not available. These vehicles will be available from July 2013. Until then, old vehicles will have to be used," said Rajiv Jalota, Additional Municipal Commissioner.
The largest supplier of compactors to the civic body, M/s Anthony West Handling Sell, responsible for providing compactors to 10 wards, has reduced its supply by about 45%. "These are special vehicles and cannot be bought in the open market. Owing to the large requirement, we cannot buy it from other corporations either," said Jalota.
F-North (King's Circle) and G-South (Prabhadevi) have not received a single garbage collection vehicle in past two months.
Jalota said the civic administration is trying to implement the new contracts by mid-August. "The administration is providing JCBs (a machine used to pick up heavy debris) and dumpers to wards that do not have enough compactors," he said.
However, adminstration's claims have been ridiculed by the corporators. "BMC's claim that they use 257 dumpers is false. If the dumpers are in use, why there is so much garbage on the roads?" said Rais Sheikh of the Samajwadi Party.