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Sanitary work in 18 wards privatised

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The Hindu        05.11.2014 

Sanitary work in 18 wards privatised

Minister launches outsourcing arrangement on the corporation premises

Almost a year after the City Corporation Council gave its nod for engaging private contractors to carry out sanitary operations and solid waste management in 18 wards in the city, a Chennai-based private firm has began the operation.

It lined up its men and imported machines when the Minister for Khadi and Village Industries T.P. Poonachi formally launched the outsourcing arrangement on the corporation premises here on Tuesday in the presence of A. Jaya, Mayor and R. Manoharan, Chief Whip.

As per the arrangement, Srinivas Waste Management Services Private Ltd, will employ its employees in garbage collection and cleaning operations in 18 wards - 1 ward in Srirangam zone, six in Ariyamangalam zone, seven in Golden Rock zone, and three in K. Abishekapuram zone besides Central and Chathram bus stands and Gandhi Market in the city.

It has to employ at least 339 workers.

The agency will have to carry out the task of primary collection of garbage, segregation at source into degradable and non-degradable, transport them to corporation dump yards, sweep streets and clean stormwater drains.

V.P. Thandapani, Commissioner, Tiruchi Corporation, told The Hindu that the outsourcing arrangement would cover 77,262 households, Gandhi market and Central and Chathiram bus stands in an area of 50 square km. It was estimated that the firm would handle about 125 metric tonne of garbage daily. It would be segregated into degradable and non-degradable. It would clear about 15 metric tonne of garbage in Gandhi market and two-bus stands alone. A “foolproof arrangement” had been made to measure the garbage collection.

He said that the Corporation would pay Rs.1403 per tonne for garbage collection. The rate was arrived at based on tender process. The arrangement was made basically due to shortage of manpower for solid waste management. As a result, sanitary workers in the 18 wards would be redeployed in other wards for better management.

S. Vengateswaran, General Manager (Operations), SWMS, said it had imported 6 compactor vehicles, 1 hook loader vehicle, and a storm water cleaning crane from Germany. It would place 500 compactor bins and 350 push carts in different parts of 18 wards.

Uniformed-workers would be engaged in door-to-door garbage collection. A software installed with the computers of Corporation would enable it to monitor the garbage cleaning activities effectively.


Corporation serves notice on waste management company

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The Hindu        05.11.2014  

Corporation serves notice on waste management company

Coimbatore Corporation has issued notice to the Coimbatore Integrated Waste Management Company Private Limited, the company that manages waste at the Vellalore yard, for violation of contractual obligations. According to Corporation Commissioner S. Ganesh, the company had not given the bank performance guarantee and advance bank guarantee totalling Rs. 4.95 crore, which was a violation of contract, for which it ought to be served notice.

He had issued the notice a few days ago after perusing the files related to the solid waste management contract.

This apart, the Corporation had issued another notice to the company for not processing waste in the Vellalore yard, as promised.


Chennai civic disaster, corporation lacks experts

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The Times of India        03.11.2014 

Chennai civic disaster, corporation lacks experts


CHENNAI: Bustling roads cave in without warning, neighbourhoods are flooded every time it rains, and encroached footpaths force pedestrians to leg it along broken and waterlogged roads. The city has turned into a civic disaster and Corporation of Chennai has had its epiphany: It has awoken to the fact that it lacks expertise.

Corporation officials said the spate of problems that accompanied the monsoon has made them aware of the need do create positions for fulltime professionals. These include posts for urban planners and experts in finance, transport, bridges and communication officers. It is also planning to form an IT team.

To be able to recruit professionals, the corporation may have to retrench or reassign employees. Every department of the civic body has prepared a list identifying mistakes in organisational structure and redundant jobs that can that be eliminated.

Senior corporation officials are looking to increase the workforce at the top level and shave it at the bottom and will seek the government's approval to introduce more senior posts in the hope that the professionals they hire will come up with the ideas they so sorely need to keep pace with the development of the city.

"We have few professional employees compared to the city's population," a senior corporation official said. "City municipalities in the West have a more professionals and they are responsible for smaller populations. We need to expand, particularly at the top level."

"We have a town planner but not an urban planner. We have no financial experts to advise us on optimal expenditure or how to raise capital. If we want exceptional roads, we need a transport planner," he said.

He said the civic body needs to create such senior positions for professionals just like private companies. "Every department has come up with a wish list, but we will be able to finalise the posts and make a representation to the government only after we decide how to meet the additional expenditure that an increase in professional recruits would involve."

Engineers of the civic body are currently undergoing a six month certified course designed by Institute for Transport and Development Policy (ITDP) and Anna University. Many corporation officials say they are forced to handle multiple portfolios and are unable to focus on routine work. The superintending engineer of bus routes in the roads department, for instance, is also in charge of bridges, solid waste management, public health and mechanical engineering.

The corporation has taken up a Rs 1,500 crore project to lay roads build footpaths in the city but doesn't have a dedicated superintending engineer for most roads. The lack of an engineer for the solid waste management department, about which there are the most complaints, and the bridges department, which is planning 24 flyovers, is also sources of concern. 


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