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MCD to launch trial of new garbage disposal service

The Pioneer , Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Correspondent : Pioneer News Service | Dehradun
The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun will undertake trial of garbage collection and disposal service in 15 wards from where public garbage containers used so far will be removed.
Workers employed by local sanitation committees will collect the solid waste from homes in their wards and hand it over to the MCD for disposal. This was decided at a meeting of sanitation committee heads and secretaries with the Mayor, Councillors, Mukhya Nagar Adhikari and Chief Health Officer in the Town Hall.
Speaking at the meeting, Mayor Vinod Chamoli pointed out that the role of public awareness in maintaining civic sanitation is essential but largely missing in Dehradun. To overcome this hindrance, the MCD will facilitate equipment and a total of 300 rickshaws for picking garbage from homes, added Chamoli.
One of the problems raised at the meeting was the continuing shortage of workers in local sanitation committees. The committees are supposed to consist of 30 workers per ward but so far none of the 60 wards have succeeded in filling all vacancies.
The average number of workers at ward-level in the sanitation committees is around 10 with few wards employing more than 15 workers.
The Chief City Health Officer Gurpal Singh stressed on the need to employ adequate number of workers and exhorted councillors to increase public interaction and raise general awareness about sanitation.
Considering 10 as the average number of workers per sanitation committee, five workers will collect the garbage from residences while five will be assigned for cleaning public space and sewers.
The MCD will undertake trial of system for collecting garbage directly from residences for disposal in 15 wards. The metal containers traditionally placed in public space and roadsides for garbage collection will be removed by the MCD. The trial will be undertaken in ward numbers 4 to 15, 17, 18, 23 and 25. The containers are being removed because they have been less effective in curtailing the spread of garbage.
In most cases, the places where these containers are kept become dirtier as scavengers looking for recyclable garbage sift through the trash spilling quantities out of the box. If the trial of this system succeeds in the 15 wards, the MCD will introduce it in all of the 60 wards under its purview.
However, with local sanitation committees still struggling to find 30 workers for each ward, some councillors complain that the MCD plan is unfeasible.