Perceived as poorer-cousins to the more up-market northern Sectors, this is one civic project that the Southern sector is getting the first bite of.
The municipal corporation will launch a ‘Mechanised Night Sweeping Project’ from the southern sectors (18 to 21, 32, 40 to 45 and 51) of the city from the first week of November from 10pm to 6am.
The tenders for the Rs 50-lakh a month ‘outsourced’ project which will use Italian equipment have been finalised. The agenda will be tabled in the House meeting for October 28 and approval is expected by the first week of November. This is being pushed through as the code of conduct for MC elections comes into effect from November 15.
The project has been necessitated as against the sanctioned posts of 4,700 sweepers, the MC faces a shortage of 28% with 1,328 vacancies.
“We hope to allot work in the first week of November as the code of conduct will be in place from November 15 for MC elections,” said MC joint commissioner Manoj Atri adding that under the project, sweeping of around 50-km road dividing Southern sectors will be done once every two days. Footpaths, market areas and road berms will also be cleaned. Back-lanes of houses will also be cleaned as this is one nook that mostly remains full of grime and dust. The contract will be given for five years at Rs 6 crore a year. The SAS Nagar MC is following this.
Under tender conditions, MC to set up control room
The MC will set up a control room at its building that the private company’s staff will man. A big screen will also be installed. A software has been developed to enable MC officials to keep a tab on the location of their staff and the machine.
The norms also mandate that one sweeper has to clean the area of 1km (length) and 20 feet (width) during a day. The company is also to give a daily report to the MC on the cleaning of the city.
* The new plan will cost the MC Rs 6 cr per year (Rs 50 lakh a month).
* The MC will start cleaning southern sectors in the 1st Phase. Every alternate day, 50 km of main roads and market areas will be cleaned.
* Machines will be on the job from 10pm to 6am.
Italian machines bought in 2008 of little use
In 2008, the MC had bought three sweeping machines from Italy at a cost of `5.42 crore, but the machines are rarely used as their maintenance bill over the past years has been `3.45 crore. Residents have been sore over the non-use of these machines and officers do admit that these machines are in disuse due to the high maintenance cost.