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MCD: Consultant to monitor sanitation work

Hindustan Times, New Delhi 28th October, 2011

To keep a tab on the private companies who are responsible for maintaining sanitation services in various parts of the city, MCD has decided to appoint a consultant to oversee their work.

The consultant firm, which will be appointed by the civic agency, will monitor their performance. In its six zones, MCD has privatised the collection, segregation and transportation of waste from garbage stations (dhalao) to the sanitation landfill sites.

The MCD said that the decision was taken keeping in mind the increased complaints against the private companies in the past few months.

“They had been fined on several occasions for not performing as per the agreement. But, for effective cleanliness of the city, it has become necessary to appoint a consultant which can supervise the work. It will be responsible for monitoring the performance of the companies,” added the official. He further said that the civic agency will also deploy its engineer to supervise the work.

The civic agency had appointed three private concessionaires for collection, segregation, transportation and delivery of solid waste in six zones — Karol Bagh, City, Sadar Paharganj, West, Central and South zones — of the MCD.

According to the civic agency, 50% of the payment made to the private concessionaires will be released by the MCD on its own and the remaining 50% will be released only if the consultant is satisfied with the quality of work. To hire private agency for monitoring, the MCD has already invited bids.

The MCD official also said that the consultant will also ensure that all approved corrective measures by the MCD are being implemented by the private concessionaires in the field. “The consultant will suggest penalties and will verify or certify the bills submitted by the private concessionaires. Only then we will release payments to the private concessionaire,” said a senior MCD official.