Sanjiv Vijayvargiya (right) at the standing committee meeting in Ranchi on Tuesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Fed up with complaints against A2Z Waste Management Pvt Ltd, the standing committee of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) decided to terminate the services of the agency from January 1. The civic body along with a few NGOs will spruce up the capital.
These decisions were taken during the standing committee meeting on Tuesday. Deputy mayor Sanjiv Vijayvargiya, who chaired the meeting, said the decision to terminate the private firm was unanimous.
“Residents had been complaining about the shoddy work of the agency for the past one year. On several occasions, we had asked A2Z to improve its services, but in vain. Thus, we decided to terminate its services,” Vijayvargiya told The Telegraph.
The standing committee, however, asked the agency carry on for about a month till RMC makes an alternative arrangement.
“We have selected a few NGOs, which are interested to help us in cleaning the city. We will ask them to give us an estimate and then we will allot them different areas. Our officers will monitor their work,” said the deputy mayor.
The civic authorities had hired A2Z in February 2011, just before the 34th national games.
Besides, the committee also approved a proposal to purchase a software that will check the building plans. “Once the software is installed, we will be able to clear building plan applications within hours,” said Vijayvargiya.
The committee also took four other decisions.
RMC will outsource the collection of holding tax. The civic body will float float to select an agency that will collect the money on its behalf.
The civic guardians will scan and upload all documents on the Net to improve the e-governance system, .
As far as maintaining the high mast lights is concerned, RMC had entrusted an agency with the job. The firm was not doing well. Hence, RMC engineers will maintain the lights.
“The civic body will identify places to rehabilitate street vendors to free roads of encroachers,” said Arun Jha, a standing committee member.