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EYESORE: The Tirupur Corporation struggles to prevent accumulation of garbage in open spaces, such as this one on Kangeyam Road. —
EYESORE: The Tirupur Corporation struggles to prevent accumulation of garbage in open spaces, such as this one on Kangeyam Road. —

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Shortage of conservancy workers continues in Tirupur

TIRUPUR: The Tirupur Corporation plans to continue engaging self-help groups (SHGs) in the door-to-door collection of garbage in 31 of its 52 wards.

These wards had been chosen for primary collection of waste by the groups even when Tirupur was a municipality.

With shortage of conservancy workers continuing, the Corporation wants the self-help groups to continue collecting the waste.

Proposals for this were also placed in the Council on Monday for its approval.

The Corporation brought these in the form or resolutions as the contract for various groups ended between June and September for 10 of the 31 wards.

The wards for which the extension of services was sought in the Council were: 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 21, 26, 27, 35 and 48. Explaining the need to engage the self-help groups, the Corporation said Tirupur’s population as per the 2001 census was 3.51 lakh.

By the middle of 2007, it was estimated to have gone up to 4.32 lakh.

With more than a lakh houses and 1348 km of roads, the Corporation was faced with the enormous task of keeping the city clean.

While the Corporation had been sanctioned with 1,568 posts of conservancy workers, it had only 779 workers.

This was highly inadequate to meet the conservancy requirements across 52 wards.

A part of the problem was solved with the SHGs collecting garbage from every house.

With the staff shortage showing no signs of easing, the Corporation said it had to fall back on the SHGs as they had been doing a good job.

While the SHGs could cover more than half of the Corporation area, the rest could be managed with the civic body’s workers.

By extending the services of the SHGs, the Corporation would have to pay them close to Rs.70 lakh, with the commitment per ward ranging from Rs.5 lakh to Rs.10 lakh.

For instance, 18 workers would have to be engaged in Ward 3.

Ward 5 required 21. While one SHG had quoted Rs.85 a worker, another had asked for Rs.89.

Ward 26 required 15 SHG members and Ward 27 needed 14.

This would be the pattern of requirement and funds commitment in the other wards.

Corporation sources said garbage had always been a major civic issue, especially with waste lying accumulated along roads.

With primary collection being done in more than half of the total number of wards, the Corporation was able to prevent frayed tempers to some extent.

Though erratic supply of drinking water and problems in providing drainage connections dominate Corporation Council meetings, a permanent method for safe disposal of garbage would have to be worked out, they said.

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