The Solid Waste Management (SWM) cell today claimed of lifting hundreds of metric tonnes (MT) of garbage during its night shifts introduced in the jurisdiction of the Ward D office, in the past 10 days.
The night shift (10 pm to 1 am) began from February 16 on pilot basis. "We have pressed into service three labourers, who empty hook-loader trolleys placed at 5 important spots at night. Each trolley has the capacity to store 7 MT garbage. We are vacating these five trolleys (7 MT x 5 = 35 MT) every night, excluding Sunday," said SWM cell incharge Dr Jaishree Kulkarni.
The Ward D, the biggest in the city, comprises 16 election wards. The daily generation of garbage during daytime (regular schedule) is also 35 MT, said Dr Kulkarni adding that two more auto-loading rickshaws have been introduced for the task of lifting garbage during morning and night shifts.
Arrangement of manpower in Cidco-Hudco!
Referring to the strike by the sanitary workers of self help groups (SHGs) in Cidco-Hudco, the SWM cell incharge said, "We have made arrangements of 25 labourers from the jurisdiction of the other Ward Office for lifting the garbage in Cidco-Hudco areas (comprising 22 election wards)."
Meanwhile, all the ward officers (WOs) have been directed to spare their manpower for lifting garbage in Cidco-Hudco till the strike is not called off. It may be noted that 327 sanitary workers of 13 SHGs had stopped lifting garbage and other sanitation works since February 25.