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Since 1st March, 1999
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Call for action against A2Z

Councillors urged Dhanbad Municipal Corporation CEO Awdhesh Kumar Pandey on Monday to impose fine on A2Z Waste Management for its shoddy handling of the solid waste project.

The matter cropped up during a two-hour meeting on civic issues between Pandey and an eight-member delegation of councillors from Dhanbad and Chatatand circles.

Claiming that the private agency was ill-equipped and also lacked manpower, ward 30 councillor Nirmal Kumar Mukherji, who was leading the delegation, expressed complete dissatisfaction with A2Z’s performance. “Heaps of garbage are lying across several wards that have been put under the care of the agency,” ward 26 councillor Priya Ranjan complained.

However, Pandey told the disgruntled delegation that a showcause notice was served on A2Z last week and if necessary, the agency would be penalised. Besides, a consultancy firm, IPE Global, has been appointed to review A2Z’s activities.

Hyderabad-based A2Z had started work in three out of the total 55 wards of Dhanbad on October 1 as a pilot project. It extended its service to 14 more wards last month. Frequent strikes by its workers have, however, left Dhanbad in the thick of muck and stink.

Other issues like slashing of water tax on flats also came up for discussion. Pandey told the delegation that the decision regarding tax cut could be taken at the corporation’s board meeting on May 9.