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Six NGOs keen to clean capital

Six NGOs, interested in taking up the responsibility of sprucing up the state capital, submitted their tenders to Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Thursday.

The civic body after showing the door to A2Z Waste Management Ltd — a specialised cleaning agency that it had roped in with much fanfare to keep the city spic and span — had last week invited eight local NGOs to submit their work plans and quotations.

These were Chal Foundation, Clean Jharkhand, Creative International, Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra, Gramin Mahila Vikas Samiti, Heritage Education, Manthan Yuva Sansthan and Purnima Foundation.

RMC public relations officer Naresh Kumar Sinha refused to name the two that opted out. “We have received sealed tenders from six NGOs. As the bids will be opened tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, we are not revealing the details,” Sinha said.

Originally, the tenders were to be opened on Thursday evening. But as RMC chief executive officer Dipankar Panda was busy in another meeting, the plan was shelved at the last moment.

According to the civic authorities, the NGOs have basically quoted the rates for collecting garbage and mentioned the number of wards they want to take care of. Allotment of wards will be done in accordance with the organisations’ work force.

The civic body this time doesn’t want to give the entire city to one organisation for the simple reason that again there will be similar problems as it had happened with A2Z.

The main complaints against the private agency were untimely and shoddy cleaning of garbage, erratic door-to-door waste collection and absence of disposal mechanism.

Deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya said once the interested parties agreed on the rates, work orders would be issued.

“The NGOs will be handed over the cleaning task from January 1” he added.

Till then, A2Z Waste Management Ltd will carry out the work as decided in the last steering committee meeting chaired by the deputy mayor himself. It was in this meeting that the civic body had terminated the services of the agency from January 1.