Residents are not happy with the new system of door-to-door collection of garbage under the solid waste management project, which was recently inaugurated by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
The project aims at collecting garbage from houses for processing, treating and producing bio-gas or electricity in the plant.
The residents feel that it is has an inconsistent style of working and the garbage collection vans operated by a Mumbai–based private company are not regular.
The garbage collection is the first phase of the project that was first mooted in 2007.
Ardhana Verma Singh, a school teacher and resident of New Amritsar said, “The biggest problem, I am facing is of disposal of garbage. These vans are not regular. And, when we ask them the reason, they blame us. In the absence of these garbage pickers, people prefer to dispose of the waste in open spaces, but I avoid to do so. As a result, the garbage continues to be stored in my house for days together.”
Amit Davessar, a resident of Majitha Road, also complained about the same and said, “It is a good step. But, picking of garbage is not regular. If implemented properly, I am hopeful that it can make the city garbage-free. The need is to make the garbage collection smooth and regular.”
Gagandeep Singh, a resident, said, “The need is that the city should be clean and green, but now the garbage collection vans are not coming on time and are not regular, which is bothering the residents.”
Before this system of collection, private vendors used to come and collect garbage from houses of the people.
MC commissioner Sonali Giri said, “The problem in the previous system was that vendors used to collect the garbage and dumped it in vacant plots. But, now it is not the case.”
“Regarding the issue of regularity, first, there is a lot of garbage to be collected and it takes a lot of time. However, we are planning to have an in-command system, where we would be able to check the movement of these vans soon. They are only for the convenience of the people,” she added.