A meeting of top officials of Mangalore City Corporation and the Mayor on Monday awarded to a Mumbai-based company, the contract, to collect and transport solid waste (garbage) from the city to the civic body’s compost plant at Pachchanady.

The civic body had appointed Antony Waste Handling Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai to handle the solid waste collection of the entire city, but had not yet issued a work order.

Mayor Mahabala Marla told The Hindu that the MCC would sign an agreement with the company after awarding the contract on May 17. At the meeting, the authorities of the company sought up to three months’ time to take up the work, after signing the agreement.

The Mayor said that he has convened a meeting of councillors at the corporation on Tuesday at 10.30 a.m..

The authorities of the company would explain to the councillors how they would handle and collect the solid waste from doorsteps.

To a question of whether the corporation would review its decision of awarding the contract if the councillors objected to it, the Mayor said that the meeting on Tuesday was only to inform the councillors before implementation. The new scheme would be a shift from multiple-handlers of solid waste, to a single handler. The Mayor said that the corporation had already decided about going ahead with the new schemehe decision on awarding the contract was pending.

According to official sources the Mumbai-based company has quoted Rs. 7.95 crore per annum for waste management in the north zone (29 wards) and Rs. 9.67 crore per annum for the south zone (31 wards). The Mumbai-based company had quoted Rs. 3,201 for collecting and transporting a tonne of solid waste from north zone