An apartment on Kanke Road in Ranchi on Sunday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
For the fifth consecutive day on Sunday, most Ranchi denizens in highrises and private homes suffered as a proper garbage disposal system was found wanting.
But Ranchi Municipal Corporation, after ousting waste management agency A2Z on January 1, has decided to rope in the cleaners employed by the latter on a stop-gap basis.
Deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya said they hired safai karmacharis employed by A2Z and started deploying them from Sunday. “In another two days, 1,600 workers will be in action. Hired directly on contract basis, they know the work and the areas. We will pay them Rs 180 daily fixed by the government,” he added.
On when the garbage issue was likely to be resolved, deputy mayor Vijayvargiya said: “We will float a global tender soon. Till then, RMC will take care of the city’s waste management.”
In few localities such as South Office Para, safai karmacharis of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) cleaned civic vats on Sunday.
But across the city, most areas wore a filthy look with brimming bins and rotten stench.
At Saraswati Apartment on Kanke Road, residents were asked not to dump garbage in the apartment’s bin as there was no one to collect it from there. The move is causing severe inconvenience for the young and old alike. Anju Thakur (61), a resident, said: “We have to dispose off refuse in a bin further down Kanke Road. For elderly people like us, it is troublesome. But, in this situation, self-help is the best help.”
A section of residents said they were better off when A2Z was in charge.
“Earlier, garbage was collected from our doorstep at least twice or thrice a week. From Wednesday, we are having to carry household refuse to the nearest RMC bin. We wish an alternative system is in place,” said Vishnu Rajgadia, a Paramsukh Apartment resident.
Some apartment buildings which resorted to hiring persons to dispose of waste are congratulating themselves on their foresight. “We hired four persons to dispose of our garbage months ago, so we are not facing a crisis now,” joint secretary Kiran of Rashmi Rathi Apartment, Kanke Road, said.