The Noida authority’s health department will follow the administrative structure of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to provide better sanitation facilities to residents, officials said.
Officials said that once the department starts functioning on the lines of Delhi’s, door-to-door municipal waste collection and transportation to landfill sites will improve. The department will also be able to effectively deal with crises such as the recently concluded 10-day strike by sanitation workers, which has left the city covered in garbage.
The Uttar Pradesh government on December 16 promoted project engineer Raghunandan Singh Yadav to the post of senior project engineer (SPE), who will head the health department. The state government also created 57 posts that include assistant project engineers and junior engineers.
“Noida’s health department will mimic that of the MCD’s health department. We hope to improve our services once the required staff and facilities are in place. We will streamline the collection of municipal waste,” Yadav said.
Till now, the health department of the authority has been functioning with around 3,000 sanitation employees, to collect waste and transport it to landfill sites. Also, the department has two project engineers, who report to the deputy chief executive officer (DCEO). Two project engineers, along with the junior engineers and assistant project engineers, were controlling the sanitation workers.
However, as per the new structure, the department will have two divisions. “Each division will be headed by two project engineers, who will report to SPE. The new system will enable us to manage activities related to sanitation in a more professional manner. In the absence of a proper administrative set-up, managing such a huge number of workers was not easy,” Yadav said.
The Noida authority, in September, had proposed the new structure for the health department. The UP government gave its approval on December 16.
Sanitation employees ended their 10-day strike on Friday. “We will ensure that the roughly 4,000 tonnes of municipal waste lying on roads are cleaned in the next three-four days,” Yadav said.
Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer of the Noida authority, said, “I have got garbage transported from sectors 24, 4, Harola and 19. Our teams are on the job and we hope to ensure proper cleanliness of the city in four days.”