TAMIL NADU

Corporation issues work orders to four private parties

CHENNAI NOV. 1. Pursuing its plan to replicate the `Hyderabad model' in conservancy operations, the Chennai Corporation has issued work orders to four private parties to remove garbage around the Central Station, the Ripon Buildings, the High Court and on NSC Bose Road.

"Our intention is to study how the system works and then expand it to other areas, after plugging the loopholes," said a Corporation engineer. The Hyderabad model involves individual contract system for small units of operation.

With the door-to-door collection of garbage evoking good response in many parts of the city, the civic body now has to choose either privatisation or sticking to the existing door-to-door module, he said.

"The system has worked well so far and we have covered about 70 per cent of the city. We will insist on private operators taking up door-to-door collection."

The private parties, he said, were yet to pay the security deposit for taking up the work.

According to the new system, the area of operation will be divided into small units — nine kilometres in the case of interior roads and four km for arterial roads. In each unit, separate groups will be employed for sweeping and lifting garbage at night.

The new model envisages a system that is in contrast to the mechanised system being followed by the private contractor, CES Onyx, in Triplicane, Kodambakkam and Mylapore. The Singapore-based company has been involved in street sweeping, collection, transportation and disposal of garbage, as well as removing construction and demolition debris to the Perungudi dumping yard.

In March, the civic body settled tenders for privatising garbage removal in the Kilpauk and Nungambakkam zones, but the implementation was put on hold when members of the Madras Corporation Red Flag Union filed a writ petition in the High Court opposing the move. The court recently disposed of the writ after the Corporation gave an undertaking that conservancy workers would not be affected by privatisation.

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