Residents can expect a garbage-free city during Durga Puja.
Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has asked Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCo) to supply 20 garbage tempos to cart waste from the main roads in the city and around the pandals.
“The civic body has given its in-principle approval to BUIDCo for undertaking the solid waste management work of Patna. We have also asked BUIDCo to provide us with 20 garbage tempos that would be used to pick up waste during the festival days. Our aim is to have a spick and span city,” mayor Afzal Imam told The Telegraph on Thursday.
Sources said the garbage tempos would go around the city, particularly the pandals, during the festival days and collect waste on a daily basis.
The sources added that the tempos would dump the trash at a secondary landfill site in the city, from where it would be taken to the primary landfill site at Ramachak in Bairia on Patna-Gaya road.
A BUIDCo officer said: “Following the PMC’s request, we are in the process to procure a few small hydraulic tipper to collect garbage during the Puja days.”
Apart from collecting garbage, the PMC has launched a sanitation helpline that became effective from October 7. The residents can call up 0612-3054108 (helpline number) and navigate through its menu, which would finally transfer their calls to the sanitary inspectors in their respective areas.
“The control room and toll-free numbers are centralised centres where the residents can register their complaints. We realised that the residents might not get immediate relief through such systems. Keeping this in mind, we came up with a system where citizens could directly talk to the sanitary inspectors. We want to resolve their problems within a specific time,” a PMC officer said.
On October 1, the board of the civic body had approved execution of the project by Bihar Urban Services Corporation Limited (BUSCL), an undertaking to be formed by BUIDCo. The sources said BUSCL was expected to execute the solid waste management work of the city as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.