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A2Z eyes more wards, faces flak

A2Z Waste Management Pvt. Ltd is planning to extend its services to 11 more wards in Dhanbad even though its performance in 14 other areas, brought under its ambit last month, has been far from satisfactory.

Chief executive officer of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation (DMC) slapped a showcause notice on the agency on Wednesday. Last week, DMC also appointed Delhi-based IPE Global as project manager-cum-consultant to supervise A2Z’s services.

“We will start our services in 11 more wards by this month and will reach out to all other wards within a couple of months,” said in-charge A2Z services in Dhanbad Suchit Shukla. The wards, however, have not yet been selected.

DMC had awarded a contract of Rs 55 crore to the private agency for the solid waste management project under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission last October. Initially, A2Z started work in three wards of Dhanbad circle. Later, 10 more wards were included. Services also started in two wards each in Jharia and Katras circles.

But repeated strikes by workers over salary delay and dearth of equipment have meant that cleaning work had to be compromised in most areas. The situation in ward 36 and 37 of Jharia, where the agency began its services from April 2, is particularly worse.

Councillor of ward 37 Anup Sao said, “Only 12 sweepers have been deputed by the agency. It is very difficult for them to carry out a host of tasks like drain cleaning, road sweeping, garbage clearing and dumping.” He also cited lack of enough equipment.

Councillor of ward 36 Krishna Agarwal said 12 workers were far too less to clean a locality that is spread over 3.4km. “At least 30 sweepers are needed for smooth execution of all kinds of sanitation work,” said Agarwal.

A2Z in-charge Shukla, however, said people should not write them off immediately. “There should be a positive perspective. We will soon add more workers and equipment,” he said.