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CLEAN SWEEP

TT: It has been a month since RMC took over civic cleanliness from outsourced agency A2Z. Are you happy with the present look of the city?

Kumar: I wonít hesitate in admitting that I am not

So, what is your take on making the city cleaner?

See, as a CEO of the RMC, I am just one month old. I know the problem areas but working on those will take time

How much time does RMC need?

The resources returned to us by A2Z are in bad shape. Though we roped in around 800 contractual workers earlier with the A2Z, they need infrastructure to collect garbage. Fresh tenders for those have been floated. The situation should improve in a month or so

Residents saw a dirty city during A2Zís tenure, they see no change now. Are you buying time?

We need time to put things in order. I must make a humble request to people. Please help us keep the city clean by not littering. We will do our best to get garbage picked from your areas

Other than infrastructure, what are your other problems?

Winter was a problem, but now that the chill is decreasing, sanitation workers are seen doing their job on roads much earlier

RMC was going to rope in NGOs. Opposed by councillors, it started working on its own. How long will RMC continue single-handedly?

We will float a global tender for a vendor soon

What about city beautification?

We have got many ideas from ward councillors. You will see the change in a year

Specifically, which places will be beautified?

Karamtoli Chowk and its adjacent pond, Bada Talab (Ranchi Lake) and some more water bodies are on the cards

RMC was supposed to crack down on makers and users of polythene bags above 50 microns.

I am in the process of settling down in the department. Let me find out from my officials about the jobs announced or undertaken. We will take action according to those announcements

What about safety of cleaners?

Cleaners will very soon be seen wearing gloves, proper shoes and masks that cover their noses and mouths