Staff Reporter

Fleet management, garbage clearance may be assigned to professional managers

Change made in top level of Health and Sanitation DepartmentOrientation course organised for departmental staffResearch associates from ASCI to be drafted for preparing research plan

HYDERABAD: The Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) is going in for a major overhaul of its Health and Sanitation Department with Commissioner Sanjay Jaju even thinking of putting the fleet management and garbage clearance work in the hands of professional managers.

The corporation, which has received flak in recent times on the functioning of the department, has already effected a change at the top. Additional Commissioner Rammohan Rao who was looking after urban community development has taken over the health and sanitation wing from Vandan Kumar, on leave.

The entire personnel of the department were made to undergo an orientation course at the MCH City Managers Training Centre on Tuesday and they have been given a month's time to come up with an operational management plan for relocating dumper bins and labelling of bins for clearance in 12 hour, 24 hour and 48 hour periods.

Mapping of areas

"We want to re-calibrate the garbage pick-up points and map all areas of functioning like our fleet movement. Our aim is to cut the number of open garbage points from 3,500 by at least one-third, to about 500-600 points and place dumper bins," said Mr. Jaju. Research associates from the Administrative Staff College of India too are to be drafted for preparing the operational research plan with a clear cut monitoring system. There will also be a review of functioning of the personnel, including medical officers currently saddled with garbage clearance along with public health.

Fresh approach

The Commissioner has accepted that the human resources management needs a re-look. "The department needs managers and a fresh approach. We might even go in for some management graduates on outsourcing method," he said.

The MCH will also be pressing into service trained rag pickers in all the seven circles by March next year now that the experiment of utilising them for municipal waste management has proved to be successful.