A Chennai-based firm has been awarded the contract

The Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has firmed up its plan to outsource sanitary operations and solid waste management in 18 wards in the city and the contract for the project is to be awarded shortly.

Under the pilot project, sanitary workers from contracted private agencies will be deployed in 18 wards, including two wards in Srirangam zone, six in Ariyamangalam zone, seven in Golden Rock, and three in K. Abishekapuram zone, besides the Central and Chathram bus stands and the Gandhi Market in the heart of the city.

The chosen wards

Wards 8 and 9 in Srirangam zone; wards 7, 28, 29, 61, 62 and 64 in Ariyamangalam zone; wards 35-39, 63 and 65 in Golden Rock zone and wards 40,41 and 45 will be covered under the initiative.

The Corporation Council, which had approved the proposal in November last year, approved the award of the contract to T. Srinivas Waste Management Services, a Chennai-based agency, at a meeting held recently.

Once the contract is awarded, the agency will be vested with the task of primary collection of garbage, source segregation into degradable and non-degradable wastes, transport them to the designated disposal site.

Shortage of manpower

The agency will be responsible for sweeping the streets and cleaning drains in the wards.

The move comes in the wake of the severe shortage of manpower faced by the corporation.

Spread over an area of 167.23 sq. km. and with a population of 9.16 lakh, the city requires about 3,350 sanitary workers.

However, the sanctioned strength of sanitary workers is 2,100 and currently only 1,651 workers are available leaving a shortfall of 449 workers.

The city generates over 400 tonnes of solid waste every day with the markets alone accounting for nearly 50 tonnes a day.

Resource utilisation

The outsourcing is aimed at tackling the manpower shortage and is expected to help the corporation deploy its workers in other parts of the city for effective sanitation works.

Shortage of sanitary workers has been a major problem in several big wards, especially in the newly added ones.