The city is struggling with garbage thrown on the streets after the company, carrying out solid waste management project in the city, has abruptly stopped the work of lifting garbage.
The company, Jindal Urban Waste Management Limited (JUWML), which started its door-to-door lifting of garbage in March 2013, stopped its services from July 2, without giving any intimation to the municipal corporation authorities.
As many as 181 employees working under this private firm also have not received their salaries for the last three months.
There are around 65 secondary dumps in the city which accumulate more than 60 metric tonne of garbage from the city daily. The halt in the cleanliness work by the outsourced company’s workers is hugely affecting the sanitary conditions of the city as heaps of garbage have been lying on the city roads, irking people.
The monsoon season poses difficulty as the open garbage dumps lead to the breeding of mosquitoes and flies. Ashok Saffri, superviser, JUWML, said that the company authorities have locked their office at Duneke since July 2.
“When I called our authorities to inquire about our pending salaries, authorities said that they are not receiving funds from the company and the civic body has also been delaying their payments. That’s why they closed their office and told us to stop the work,” he claimed.
Saffri said that all the employees will meet the deputy commissioner Kuldeep Singh Vaid, who is also MC commissioner, on Monday and discuss the matter.
Meanwhile, DC Vaid and company representatives Verinder Luthra and Abhishek Pandey were not available for the comments.