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Bigger broom brigade

Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) is all set to rope in 300 garbage collectors to add to its existing strength of 800.

RMC chief executive Manoj Kumar told The Telegraph on Friday that the existing number of door-to-door garbage pickers was insufficient to tackle the amount of solid waste generated in the capital everyday.

“I had convened a meeting with cleaning supervisors yesterday (Thursday). It was brought to my notice that the existing number of collectors was proving inadequate to cover 55 wards on a daily basis,” Kumar said.

He added the supervisors and ward councillors urged him to recruit more such garbage collectors and divide them among the wards on the basis of the quantum of filth generated.

“The labourers will be hired on contractual basis by the end of April,” Kumar said.

In addition to the extra workforce, the civic body is also going to procure 250 pushcarts to facilitate easy collection of garbage from doorsteps.

At present, there are 200 pushcarts used for the door-to-door service.

CEO Kumar admitted that the number was too few as each ward gets only three or four carts for garbage on a day.

“This slows down the process of collection and disposal of solid waste at the dumpyards,” he added.

Following partner agency A2Z’s ouster in January, the RMC has taken up the onus of keeping the capital spic-and-span.