The new conservancy agency, Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd., will begin operations in the city at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

The firm, which will handle the operations in Adyar, Kodambakkam and Teynampet zones, will start with five wards in Teynampet zone. Mayor Saidai S.Duraisamy is scheduled to flag off the employees and vehicles from the Gopalapuram playground.

Giving details of the operations, a senior executive of the company said that a compactor would be deployed for each ward. Depending on the size of the ward, each would get 30 to 40 tricyles, 30 to 40 sweepers equipped with rake, brush, shovel and a 120-litre bin with wheels; and a supervisor.

Each zone would be divided into three unit offices.

The firm plans to collect door-to-door garbage from 6 a.m. “Conservancy operations would be from 6 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. with a break of half an hour. We are trying to educate residents by distributing pamphlets about the need for source segregation. We have sought the help and guidance of the Chennai Corporation in this. The tricycles would have six 50-litre bins for storing different kinds of waste. We would be collecting non-degradable waste separately,” the source said.

The Ramky staff would be dressed in blue uniforms with reflecting orange chest bands. Residents could call the company's toll free helpline 1800-425-1566 for complaints and suggestions.

The compactors would also remove garbage around the bins and spray lime powder around them. Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd. is involved in conservancy operations in 17 States, including Delhi, Mumbai, Aurangabad.

It is expected to extend its operations to all three zones by this month-end.

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