Mounds of garbage lie unattended at Park Market in Hirapur, Dhanbad. Picture by Gautam Dey
Dhanbad Municipal Corporation has decided to decentralise solid waste management work in the coal capital by appointing multiple agencies for the job.
A corporation board meeting, scheduled for Thursday, is likely to discuss the proposal threadbare and decide on user charges — likely to be in the range of Rs 30 to Rs 40 — that are to be collected from each household.
A tender to appoint multiple agencies to handle solid waste management work had been issued by the corporation on July 27 with the last date for submission of proposals fixed at August 5.
Dhanbad corporation is also planning to buy garbage clearing equipment like heavy earth movers and tractors. This plan is also likely to be discussed at the July 31 meeting.
Newly appointed Dhanbad corporation CEO Ashok Kumar Banka said decentralisation would help execute the work better. “The selected agency will be responsible for door-to-door collection, transportation, collection of user charges, besides cleaning the streets and drains,” he said.
Appointment of multiple small agencies, instead of a single large agency, would not create hurdles in the creation of infrastructure for the transportation of garbage.
“After transportation of garbage to a specified locality, the final dumping of the garbage will be carried out by the corporation, for which necessary equipment would be bought, he explained.
Ever since the exit of A2Z Waste Management Pvt Ltd, the corporation has issued two tenders to streamline civic services. The earlier order was issued on June 3.
None of the two agencies, including International House Keeping and Maintenance and Anmol Dristi, that responded to the June 3 tender notices, could qualify.
The two companies objected to several tender clauses, including creation of own infrastructure for transporting and disposing of garbage and the contract tenure of three months. The firms were also against collecting the charges from households themselves.
Lok Chetna Samiti, a local agency which approached the corporation with a proposal to carry out solid waste management without fixed charges, has been allowed to operate in three wards — 14, 23 and 35.
Rustam Ansari, councillor of ward 35, where Lok Chetna Samiti started work about a fortnight ago, said so far they were doing a good job.
“People seem to be happy, but everything will depend on user charge collections which will be an important factor for the success or failure of the endeavour,” he said.