The three-package solid waste management proposal, which has been pending for the past two years, appears to be getting final touches with the Mangalore City Corporation selecting two companies to handle waste.
But implementation of the scheme is subject to the approval of the corporation's council and the State government.
Sources in the corporation toldThe Hinduthat while one company would collect solid waste from all the wards and transport it to Pachchanady, the other would operate and maintain the sanitary landfill site and compost plant.
Approval to select the two companies would be placed at the city corporation council's meeting on November 29. If the council approved it, the proposal would be sent to the government for approval, they said.
The sources said that Anthony Waste Handling Cell Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, had been selected to collect solid waste from all the 60 wards divided as north and south zones in two packages and transport it to Pachchanady.
IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure & Services Ltd., Delhi, had been chosen for operation and maintenance of the sanitary landfill site and compost plant at Pachchanady as a package, the sources said.
The Mumbai-based company had quoted Rs. 3,201 for collecting and transporting a tonne of solid waste from the north zone comprising 29 wards and Rs. 2,051 for handling a tonne of solid waste in the south zone comprising 31 wards. The Delhi-based company had quoted Rs. 238 per tonne for operation and maintenance at Panchchanady. The sources said that eight contractors in eight packages were handling solid waste in the city.
Their contract term would end in September 2012.
The corporation was collecting solid waste management cess while accepting property tax for 2011-12 even as implementation of the scheme was pending.
Mayor Praveen had gone on record in a meeting of the council that if the scheme was not implemented in the current financial year, the civic body would adjust the cess collected during the year while collecting property tax for 2012-13.
The sources said that the scheme had prescribed compulsory installation of global positioning system in the vehicles transporting solid waste from wards to the dumping yard at Pachchanady.
The company selected would have to take up door-to-door collection of waste. In addition, it would have to take up sweeping of streets, removing weeds and cleaning road dividers.
Other features of the scheme were elimination of multiple handling of solid waste and compulsory cleaning of beaches at Surathkal, Mukka, Tannirbavi and Kasba Bengre.