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Dustbins turn into garbage as waste management project sours

punjab Updated: Aug 30, 2012 19:45 IST
Shaheen P Parshad

A number of metal dustbins used as a part of the 'Go-Green, Go-Clean' initiative under the ambitious Solid Waste Management project, have been left to rot as garbage on the sides of city roads. Garbage too lies in heaps near the dustbins with no arrangement being made for its disposal.

Things have come to such a pass, days after the private company handling the project pulled out of its contract with the MC.

Most of the discarded dustbins can be seen piled in a heap along the GT Road, opposite the Sadar police station.

These bins were being used for garbage collection from various points, but they lost their shape after sanitation workers from the MC started burning the garbage inside these bins.

Residents and environment lovers of the city have demanded that these bins be hammered back to shape and put to use to deal with the problem of garbage strewn along the roads.

Deepak Babbar, director, Mission Aagaaz, an NGO dealing with environmental affairs, said the bins could be strewn alongside other areas of the city too.

"These bins were used with hydraulic jack machines for the purpose of garbage collection under the Solid Waste Management project. It is painful to see them as discarded when they could be repaired and put to use." Babbar said that the city could benefit a lot if the MC could take measures to restore their dimensions, which were disfigured, after they were burnt.

Municipal commissioner Dharampal Gupta said that the bins could not be used as the MC did not possess did not possess the sophisticated machinery needed to run those bins.

"The company handling the Solid Waste Management project also took with it the machinery with which these bins were used. The MC does not possess any such machinery, hence, these bins cannot be used as it would be difficult to use them without that machinery."

Gupta added that the MC was doing its best to deal with the problem of garbage. "We have employed our own infrastructure to deal with the problem. Meetings have also been held with the private company that was handling the project. They seem to be reluctant to resume work," he said.