Dehradun : It looks like garbage woes in Dehradun, the state’s biggest municipal corporation, aren’t going away anytime soon. Local residents continue to complain that trash was not being collected daily from their homes or cleared from public places regularly, even as the Dehradun Municipal Corporation is yet to finalize new companies for waste management.
As a stopgap arrangement, contracts of two outgoing waste management agencies that already got an extension have been extended further till November 15.
Dehradun generates 400 to 450 tonnes of waste a day . as per an official estimate. Contracts of a company. handling waste management at the Sheeshambada trenching ground and one managing the door-to-door garbage collection in 69 city wards had been terminated by the DMC and the agencies to stop work on August 31. However, an extension was given to them till October 31 while the civic agency started a tender process to find their replacements.
” If the need arises, a further extension will be given. Meanwhile, the Sheesham bara tender process will take the next step on November 3 To replace the other company, meetings with prospective applicants will happen around November 8, ” said chief health officer Dr. Avinash Khanna. Another civic body official blamed unqualified applicants and the festive season for the delay in the tender process. The official, however, added that the situation was under control.
However, locals claimed that garbage was not being picked up on time, especially from public places. ” It is a very common sight to see overflowing bins all across the city. Even prominent areas such as Rajpur Road don’t have timely waste management, said a city resident.
The Uttarakhand high court recently issued an email id on which citizens can send their grievances on civic problems. DMC officials said though no complaints have been forwarded to them yet from the high court, they address problems that reach them through other portals, social media and field inspectors.