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New firm to keep Dhanbad clean

Dhanbad Municipal Corporation is all set to hire a new waste management agency to clean up mammoth mounds of garbage piled up across the town and maintain cleanliness.

The civic body has already shortlisted two companies following a technical bidding against the tender issued by DMC on June 3 for engaging a private agency for solid waste management.

According to sources, one of the two agencies — a Ranchi-based and a Bokaro-based firm — will be selected through the final bidding by June 27. The new agency is most likely to start work from the first week of July.

Since A2Z waste management firm’s exit in January this year, the civic body, with insufficient manpower and basic infrastructure, has been struggling to ensure regular sanitation in the town that generates around 420 tonnes of garbage on a daily basis.

Following repeated complaints from different quarters, the corporation ultimately invited private agencies for solid waste management in its area earlier this month.

“Initially, the agency will be engaged for a period of three months. However, its term may be extended further depending on it’s performance,” said ADM (law and order) BPL Das, who is also the officiating chief executive officer of DMC.

The selected firm will be responsible for handling municipal solid waste, sweeping streets, cleaning drains, collecting waste from door-to-door and shifting the garbage from transfer stations to the disposal site. Besides, the agency will supply manpower, vehicles and tools required for the solid waste management and handling work.

Sources said the agency would be paid around Rs 38 lakh per month, a large portion of which would come from “user charges” collected from households. The onus of collecting user fees from door-to-door will lie with the agency.

When contacted, DMC’s deputy mayor Niraj Singh said, “Our priority is to resume the stalled cleanliness work as soon as possible by engaging any agency, NGO or contractor.”