Conservancy operations were hit for a few hours on Tuesday, after an altercation between Chennai Corporation lorry drivers and a private contractor.
The lorry drivers stopped work midway and staged a protest at the Kodungaiyur dumpyard.
According to a complaint lodged in the community service register by police on Tuesday, the side view mirror of a private lorry was damaged in a minor collision with a Chennai Corporation garbage truck.
The incident took place during the process of weighing garbage at the weighbridge at the Kodungaiyur dumpyard.
“Ashokan, the Corporation driver, assured the private lorry driver that he would replace the broken mirror. A few minutes later, the contractor, who is also the owner of the lorry, manhandled Ashokan. So we protested,” said a member of the union that staged the protest.
Representatives of Corporation workers met with senior officials at Ripon Buildings and demanded the cancelling of the contract with the private contractor. The drivers have warned of yet another round of protests on Wednesday, if the Corporation fails to take action against the contractor.
“Senior Corporation officials have assured us that they will cancel the contract,” the union member said. Corporation workers also said they refused to hold talks with the private contractor in the presence of the police.
Garbage from zones including Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Tondiarpet, Thiru-vi-Ka Nagar, Royapuram, Ambattur and Anna Nagar is taken to the Kodungaiyur dumpyard. The process was affected for three hours because of the protest.
In addition to its own workers, the Corporation uses the services of private contractors because they need more vehicles to clear garbage on time. Over 4,900 tonnes of municipal solid waste in the city is dumped in Kodungaiyur and Perungudi every day.