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Sanitation woes of Jharia and Katras circles, that snowballed after the withdrawal of A2Z Waste Management Pvt Ltd from the Rs 55 crore solid waster management project of Dhanbad in January, is expected to end soon.

For, Dhanbad Municipal Corporation (DMC) has initiated steps to engage private agencies to look after sanitation work in these two circles of the coal belt in line with 33 wards of Dhanbad, Sindri and Chatatand circles.

CEO of the corporation Ashok Kumar Banka, who wrote to Ajay Kumar Singh, the secretary, urban development department, on August 16, is understood to have obtained an in-principle nod to appoint a private agency or NGO to look after the sanitation needs of 22 wards of Jharia and Katras during his visit of Ranchi 10 days ago.

“We will initiate the process for appointing agencies to look after the sanitation work in Jharia and Katras after getting the approval of the urban development department in order to ensure cleanliness in all 55 wards of Dhanbad,” Banka said.

The CEO took pains to underscore the distinction between the arrangements in Jharia and Katras circles, under Dhanbad Mineral Area Development Authority (Mada), and the three circles of Dhanbad, Sindri and Chatatand, all of which are under DMC. “Even after the appointment of new agencies, the Jharia and Katras circles will be under Mada for sanitation and water supply and other civic work,” he explained.

Banka said the garbage, collected door-to-door and from streets, and dumped at secondary dumping sites by the selected agencies in Dhanbad, Sindri and Chatatand, would be transported to final dumping sites which are under the corporation.

Similarly, garbage collected by the new agencies from Jharia and Katras and dumped at a secondary site would have to be transported to the dumping site by Mada.

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