GHMC planning to hire professionals to keep the city clean round the clock

To ensure clean, neat and litter-free city, the GHMC has decided to avail the services of professional facility managers operating round the clock. To start with, select road stretches of around 28 km would be covered under a pilot project to be initiated soon.

The service would ensure that posters and writings on walls, banners, litter on the streets and pavements are removed within 60 minutes as per the service level agreement (SLA).

Following tenders, the work has been entrusted to a private firm, LaMclean, which has experience in facility management at malls, theatres and other such facilities, informed senior officials on Tuesday.

Pilot project

The pilot project would be taken up on Begumpet flyover-Nagarjuna Circle-Madhapur police station, Somajiguda-Raj Bhavan road-Khairatabad-Assembly and Masab Tank to Nagarjuna Circle.

The road stretches on which the project is being taken up would be patrolled by the firm’s personnel on motorcycles and if they notice litter, banners or wall posters , they have to ensure they are removed immediately. “If this is not done in 60 minutes, it will be construed as breach of the agreement,” an official said.

GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar said when the malls, multiplexes and such facilities could be maintained spic and span continuously, the same could be done on a larger scale for the city.

“In those facilities, the usual time to get cleaned is few minutes and we have increased the time span to one hour,” he pointed out.

People’s support

The citizens would be made part of the project and any one noticing the waste or posters not removed in prescribed time can call the civic body’s grievance cell and lodge a complaint.

The service provider would also be authorised to levy a special user fee of up to Rs.500 against those dumping garbage or pasting posters that deface the public places.

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