Kudumbasree to take over garbage collection

Staff Reporter

It covers only 20 Kochi divisions now

A team of 400 workers has been mobilised

Monthly fee of Rs. 50 to be collected from each house

KOCHI: Kudumbasree units are all set to take over the door-to-door garbage collection in the city.

A team of around 400 workers has been mobilised by the district Kudumbasree Mission and they will start collection from five Health Circles in the city in the first phase. Each division will be allotted 12 workers and the Kochi Corporation will provide the infrastructure facilities including tricycles, uniforms and gloves. The workers will also be provided ID cards. The repair and maintenance of the tricycles and autorickshaws will be undertaken by committees to be formed at the divisions. Periodic health checks and health insurance has also been planned for the Kudumbasree workers, Mission authorities said.

Currently, the Kudumbasree workers are covering only 20 divisions of the 71-divisions of the Kochi Corporation. The residents associations in some areas have made their own system for the collection and transportation of the garbage. This system will continue undisturbed, civic authorities said.

The authorities are planning to ensure cent per cent segregated collection of waste at the source itself. Presently, around 90 per cent of the waste collected from the houses are segregated at the household level itself, said Dr. C.G. Elizabeth, Health Officer of the Kochi Corporation.

Once the Kudumbasree takes over the collection, each house will be given a report card for marking the nature of waste. Segregated and non-segregated waste disposals from the households will be marked in the card. Houses that do not give the waste to the waste handlers will also be identified, said Dr. Elizabeth.

With the waste disposals of the households profiled, the ones that dump waste on the roads could be easily identified. The Kudumbasree units are being brought into the picture to ensure that waste is never dumped on the roads, she said.

A monthly fee of Rs. 50 each will be collected from each house. The Kudumbasree workers will be assured a monthly salary of around Rs. 4,000 through the new mechanism that will be inaugurated shortly, Mission authorities said.

The Corporation council had earlier approved the proposal for entrusting the task to Kudumbasree. The fee to be collected from the residents will also have to be approved by the Council, authorities said.

The civic authorities are also planning to replace its workers engaged in the house collection with the Kudumbasree workers in a phased manner. However, the workers of the Corporation will continue to clean public places including the markets, the Health Officer said.

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