In a major revamp of the waste management system in Bhubaneswar, the BMC has introduced compactor vehicles and new dustbins apart from engaging three more private operators to make the city cleaner than ever.
What’s the Plan?
Officials said the garbage collection would be done following the previous ward system in the city. Earlier, there were 60 wards under the corporation and the number was increased to 67 following delimitation prior to the civic polls in January.
Other than eight wards where the solid waste and garbage collection would be undertaken by the corporation, the private organisations Ramkay Environment Engineers Ltd, Jagruti Welfare Organisation and PMR Cosortium will take care of the remaining 52 wards.
The agencies would clean up the areas, collect garbage from doorsteps as well as from dustbins and carry the waste to the transit transfer station behind the Sainik School campus. These agencies will add new dustbins at important places in their wards.
The compactor vehicles will help in packing more garbage in a certain space.
Checking Malpractice of Contractors
Unlike previous instances when garbage collection was monitored through trips the vehicles made to the dumping yard, this time, weight would be the measuring indicator.
In the earlier format, contractors used to cheat the corporation by providing false bills. As a matter of fact, the state vigilance, in 2011, had unearthed how a contractor had claimed Rs 5.63 lakh against a false bill by showing a vehicle with two-wheeler registration number.
To prevent this from happening again, a weighbridge has already been fixed at the transit transfer station near Sainik School, where the garbage trucks and tractors would be weighed and again sent to the final dumping yard at Bhuasuni.
This will help maintain transparency because neither the agencies nor the contractors would be able to cheat the municipal corporation.
Compactor Vehicles Save Money on Trips
The compactor machines would compress the garbage and more garbage would be carried in less vehicles thus saving excess money on extra vehicles. So the new format is also likely to save money.
This system will provide faster service with the three agencies and BMC itself taking care of the cleanliness. Competition among the agencies will also yield good result for the residents.
Waste Management Plant
The BMC has signed an agreement with a Mumbai-based consortium company for a solid waste treatment plant and expecting the new system to be fully efficient to collect garbage by the time the
facility comes up.
Courtesy: The Telegraph