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Updated: June 6, 2012 20:22 IST

Ramky on its way out ?

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Decision taken to employ more conservancy workers is yet to be implemented. Photo: S.S. Kumar
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Decision taken to employ more conservancy workers is yet to be implemented. Photo: S.S. Kumar

Corporation to take penal action against conservancy operator

As private conservancy operator Ramky Enviro Engineers is increasingly finding it difficult to carry out conservancy operations, the Chennai Corporation on Tuesday decided to initiate penal action against the firm.

According to sources in the Chennai Corporation, the private conservancy operator is likely to face similar action taken against the previous operator, Neel Metal Fanalca. The civic body even warned that Ramky may be shown the door if it continues to work in a shoddy manner. Residents have started complaining about inadequate garbage clearance on several streets covered by the private operator.

Even though the private conservancy operator was asked to step up night conservancy by adding 500 more workers, the company was able to mobilise only a small portion of the required workers last week.

Officials at a meeting this week reminded the Ramky Enviro Engineers of stringent penal provisions of the conservancy contract.

They pointed to the fact that previous Chennai Corporation Council had expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of Neel Metal Fanalca (NMF) and recommended a gradual withdrawal of the operation a few years ago because of the inability of the company to carry out conservancy operations properly.

Between June and August 2010, the Corporation took over garbage clearance from select wards of Zone VIII. The State government finally permitted the Chennai Corporation to terminate the conservancy contract with NMF in parts of the city on December 31.

The next council meeting scheduled for June 19 is likely to discuss the issue of inadequate conservancy operations by Ramky.

At the meeting on Tuesday, officials of the civic body reviewed the situation of private conservancy operations in the city and found that the decisions taken last week to employ more conservancy workers was yet to be implemented.

The conservancy operator, in charge of solid waste management in three zones of the Chennai Corporation, has been unable to improve night conservancy as required by the civic body in Kodambakkam, Teynampet and Adyar zones.

The special purpose vehicle, Chennai Municipal Solid Waste Pvt. Ltd., set up by Ramky Enviro Engineers, launched operations across all the three zones in January. But, it couldn't cover the entire 88 sq km area properly owing to lack of conservancy workers.

Meanwhile, Ramky Enviro Engineers has also participated in an international invitation for expression of interest for public private partnership in three distinct solid waste management projects of the Chennai Corporation.

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thanks to NREGS, there is no one ready to work.

from:  ramu
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 19:54 IST

The contractor does not come to collect garbage on most of the days in New Perungalathur. The result is that people start dumping their garbage on to the streets to avoid garbage bags being bitten by dogs. This has been going on like this for almost 1-2 years and I am sure many people would have complained to councillor/municipality. Unless Municaplity takes corrective steps streets will remain littered with garbage and plastic covers. Once people give up good habit of handing over garbage to collectors and start dumping on streets, it is difficult to get them back to good habits.

from:  Praveen Kumar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:33 IST

Watching a cleaning person is like watching an endangered animal in its habitat or a complete solar eclipse. Enjoy the concept.

from:  sree
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:58 IST

It is also essential for the public to be made constantly aware of proper waste disposal. The city has to invest its men and money in constant and consistent awareness campaign among all age and social groups for a successful waste management process. It is highly unlikely for the process to be successful if the ever growing population is continuously going to be littering around thinking there is somebody coming behind to clear his/her garbage.

from:  Nandavel
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:42 IST

this will be the bad move. it is the public who have to be disciplined first and not the garbage collectors or collection. i have been seeing how things move now towards better. the courts should now step in to disciple the public in making he police collect fines from those who are parking their cars permanently at residential roads and littering garbage by public. unless stern action is taken against public of Chennai things will never improve.

from:  n ramaswami
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:46 IST

we cant blame Ramky and Neelmetal because of lack of workers. We chennaiates should try to keep our city clean and I have seen a lot of people are just throwing their garbage in the road itself. It will make some difficulties for those workers. And government has to take certain steps to convert to waste to energy plan....

from:  kiddo
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:03 IST
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