Ghaziabad high-rise dwellers want waste collected from their doorstep, not buildings
Commissioner CP Singh suggests citizens rope in private agents who will come to their flats for garbage collection. Says corporation can do no more than send the hopper tipper to buildings. The suggestion will double the cost of garbage disposal for Ghaziabad residents.noida Updated: Oct 25, 2017 22:43 IST
Ghaziabad: The newly introduced scheme of ‘door-to-door’ collection of daily municipal solid waste is facing some teething problems as residents of high-rise buildings have pointed out shortcomings in the scheme’s implementation.
The scheme, initiated by the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation, is based on user charges ranging from ₹40 to ₹70 per month in residential areas. For that purpose, the corporation procured 80 additional new vehicles and flagged off the scheme for 65 residential wards on October 22.
“High-rise residents are facing issues because they are required to come outside their building to hand over the daily solid waste bins to the corporation’s collection agents. Some of the high-rises are 18 floors high. It is a very difficult proposition for residents to come down and give away the household garbage,” said VK Mittal, president of Kaushambi Apartment Residents’ Welfare Association (KARWA).
As per the present arrangement, the 22 high-rise buildings in Kaushambi have hired private collectors and are paying them ₹1,000 per month for each building to collect the solid waste from each flat and take it outside.
Another nearby residential society, Jaipuria Enclave, having ground plus two other floors with nearly 306 flats. There, too, residents have been complaining of similar issues.
“Nearly 50% of our residents are working professionals and leave for offices early morning. Once they leave, only senior citizens are at home and they find it difficult to take the garbage down to the corporation vehicles. Our private waste collection agent instead arrives and collects solid waste from each flat and charges us ₹50 per month,” said Shiv Raj Singh, a resident.
“The private collector is known to us and verified. On the other hand, corporation deploys different staff on different days. This creates a safety issue and these workers are not verified,” he said.
Residents of Sector 5, Vaishali, said they are still continuing with the services of private collectors.
“The scheme is yet to start in our area and for it be successful in multi-storeyed buildings, the residents would need the help of private collectors. It would be a feasible idea that private collectors collect waste from each flat and transfers it to bins. From there, the corporation vehicles can pick it up. However, this will be an additional burden on residents,” said BK Pandey, a resident of Sector 5, Vaishali.
The corporation officials said the scheme was implemented as it is a mandatory condition under the Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules and will also help improve city’s ranking in the upcoming Ministry of Urban Development’s ‘Swachh Survekshan’ which will take place in January 2018. Ghaziabad had secured a poor ranking in the earlier two editions of the survey.
“To overcome the issue in multi-storeyed buildings, residents will have to rope in private collectors who can collect garbage from each flat and hand it over to our vehicles. At the most, we can dispatch our vehicles inside the building to a common point,” said CP Singh, Ghaziabad municipal commissioner.
“However, we invite suggestions from residents on steps to make this scheme more beneficial. There is always scope for improvement,” he said.
At present, the corporation has rolled out the new scheme in 65 out of 100 residential wards. For rest of the wards, the corporation will rope in private firms through a tendering process.