The Telegraph
Wednesday , January 22 , 2014
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Clean-up challenge

Not even a month has passed since private cleaning agency A2Z took leave from the state capital, but Ranchiites have already started missing it. Reason: unattended filth on doorsteps, dirty roads, overflowing drains.

Clearly, the Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC), which has taken the onus of cleaning the state capital from this month since A2Zs ouster, has let down the local residents, who now feel that the private cleaning agency was performing far better.

I had gone out for shopping on Sunday when I saw RMC workers cleaning the areas around Albert Ekka Chowk. I was really pleased. But back home, the filth was waiting to greet us. The cleanliness drive was perhaps only meant for Main Road locality. I am not happy with the way RMC is cleaning the city. There is no proper schedule for picking up garbage, said Daisy, a homemaker and resident of Karamtoli.

Soma Ganguly, another homemaker of Kilburn Colony in Hinoo, went a step further to claim that A2Z was doing better.

When A2Z was in charge, garbage used to be lifted thrice or even four times a week. Now, there is no fixed day for collecting waste either from homes or bins along roads, she said.

Ratan Kumar, a shopkeeper near Kishoreganj Chowk on Harmu Bypass Road, also believes that A2Z was doing a better job. At least, garbage was not littered near our shops or houses then. Now, half the roads are filthy, he added.

The civic body admitted that it was not being able to meet the expectations of people. The labourers are working with limited resources. We have obtained the vehicles that were used by A2Z, but many are in bad shape. Hence, the cleaners are unable to work properly, said deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya.

Adding that the civic body was preparing a schedule of lifting garbage, he said, We are in the process of structuring a system that will help the workers execute their plans in a disciplined manner. It will, however, take some time.