Hubballi: The Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) is considering outsourcing a part of its solid waste management to a private company.
The issue of solid waste management was discussed at length and breadth at the monthly general body meeting at the HDMC central office here on Thursday as the corporators raised the issue of the scarcity of pourakarmikas to collect the garbage and cleaning works in their wards.
BJP Corporator Veeranna Savadi raised the issues of dust, cleaning of roads, non-improvement of medians, and not maintaining the pavers through an attention-calling motion. During the discussion on the issue of cleaning the roads manually and with machines, Shivu Menasinkai, a BJP corporator, suggested that Pourakarmikas (PKs) could be used in the afternoon shift for this work. Many corporators raised the issue of PK scarcity, claiming that they only have a few civic laborus for ward cleaning and garbage collection work, with some claiming that only four PKs work in their ward.
While replying to the allegations, HDMC Commissioner Dr Gopal Krishna said that the appointment of new PKs on a contract basis was not possible as the contract labourers were now demanding that they should be brought under the direct wage of the government. Hence, the government would not approve the appointment of PKs on a contract basis. But in Mangaluru and in Mumbai, the corporations have outsourced the SWM to an agency called Antony Lara Enviro Solutions, and the same model could be adopted.
He said that the agency deploys its own labour and machines and they transport the garbage to the dump. To this, BJP corporator Veeranna Savadi suggested that if outsourcing in Mangaluru and Mumbai is successful, then it could be implemented in Hubballi-Dharwad as well. As a pilot project, let’s hand over a ward or zone to them and try how it works, and we could use the HDMC PKs for other wards where there is a shortage of labour.
Mayor Iresh Anchatgeri, after listening to the detailed discussion, asked the Commissioner to invite such an agency with DPR, so that HDMC could move further.
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