Friday, 1 March 2013

'Award garbage disposal contract to lowest bidder' - Source LT


Aiming at outsourcing the garbage-lifting in city after clearing legal hassles, the standing committee on Thursday directed the civic officials concerned to finalise and submit user- friendly zero garbage bins proposal as soon as possible for its implementation.
The committee, however, directed the authorities not to repeat the mistake as it had done with Hyderabad-based garbage lifting contractor Ramky Agency. They also expressed their unhappiness over absence of solid waste management (SWM) cell in-charge Dr Jaishree Kulkarni in the meeting. The committee chairman Vikas Jain ordered the municipal commissioner to issue show-cause notice to her. The members Sameer Rajurkar, Balaji Munde, Raju Vaidya and others raised their objections on zero garbage management, improper vehicle utilisation plan, rise in heaps of garbage, no control on the self-help groups (SHGs), absence of mentality in keeping city clean and tidy etc. 
Rajurkar said that the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has large number of workers, but due to absence of manpower planning, heaps of garbage overflowing the bins and loaders pose threat to the citizens (tax-payers). "If the AMC is not prompt in taking an effective action against the same, situation will worsen in monsoon," he said.
According to Munde, there is no need of lifting garbage during night hours. Instead, the concerned officials should instruct sanitary workers to lift garbage during daytime (in their break duty). "Also, en effective use of vehicles to collect garbage must be ensured," he said.
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