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Updated: June 6, 2013 14:31 IST

Micro plan for conservancy to be amended in privatised zones

Aloysius Xavier Lopez
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Garbage dumped on Deenadayalan Street. Photo: K. Pichumani
The Hindu Garbage dumped on Deenadayalan Street. Photo: K. Pichumani

The micro plan for conservancy operations in 88 sq km of three privatised zones in the city is all set to change shortly. The micro plan includes the detailed plan of action at the street level for collection, segregation and transportation of municipal solid waste in three zones of Teynampet, Kodambakkam and Adyar. The plan also covers the time of commencement of conservancy operations on a street, conservancy workers and equipment involved. After an inspection of the areas for the past two days, three teams headed by IAS officials have found that the “approved micro plan for conservancy in the privatised areas is flawed.”

Chennai Corporation Commissioner D.Karthikeyan said the civic body will issue notice to Ramky Enviro Engineers to amend the micro plan in the three zones on Monday.

The micro plan was approved by the corporation a few weeks after the contract for private conservancy operations in the three zones came into force on January1.

The private conservancy operator is likely to submit its revised micro plan of action to the civic body after another study.

A detailed plan of action, including the identification of areas where conservancy operation has to be strengthened at night, will also be chalked out by the civic body and the private conservancy operator, sources in the Corporation said.

Important recommendations of the officials who inspected the three zones include the reduction in the number of houses covered by a tricycle. One tricycle covers around 500 houses now. But the civic body is likely to ask the private conservancy contractor to increase the number of tricycles and reduce the number of houses covered by a tricycle to at least 300. The distance of road covered by a sweeper employed will also be reduced to 500 metre per day.

Now the distance covered by a worker ranges from 650 to 750 metre a day in many localities. The civic body also employs more than 11,150 conservancy workers.

Ramky Enviro Engineers replaced Neel Metal Fanalca, whose term came to an end on December 31, 2011.

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Whether it is Micro or Macro, the garbage collection plan should involve the main stakeholders- residents of the Zone or ward. When Ramky was appointed and when the actual work of garbage door to door collection started,none from the Corporation or Ramky visited the houses and sought their cooperation. They were also not given suggestions for source segregation of wastes. Even now, it is not too late. Ramky as well as Corporation officials should visit each and every colony and obtain firsthand info about the garbage generation in that area and suggestion for disposal or handing over to tricycle collectors. Only a handful of areas like Vannanthurai area in Adyar Zone may pose some special problems requiring special attention from the agencies involved. Can we expect a speedy field action and solution for the vexatious health hazard problem,which is not Unique for the city or country?

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