Nagpur’s bin-free plans in dumps

Outsourced firms default on garbage collection and treatment

 
By Aparna Pallavi
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

imageNAGPUR'S year-old dream of becoming garbage bin free is nowhere close to realisation.

Under the bin-free city project, launched by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), 530 of the city's 700 garbage bins have been removed till now. But they have been replaced by open dumps.

NMC started the drive in July 2009, privatising collection and processing of garbage. It gave Kanak Resources the contract to collect garbage from every household in the city and deliver to the Bhandewadi dumpyard in Nagpur's eastern part. The municipal corporation signed up Hanger Biotech Energies for setting up a garbage treatment plant at the dumpyard.

City residents claim Kanak does not collect garbage from every household. "Truck operators just collect garbage from the old locations of NMC's bins," Rajeev Jagtap of consumer organisation Jan Manch said. "Sometimes the trucks do not turn up for 15 days at a stretch," he added. Avantika Raut from the eastern part of the city, Wardhaman Nagar, said, "Earlier, NMC's cycle-drawn carts used to collect garbage from here almost every day. But since the trucks have been introduced, more garbage is making it to the dumps because the trucks do not turn up."

M R Ganvir, head of NMC's health department, denied the allegations: "Every month NMC employees collect signatures of 30 residents in every ward, certifying that trucks are working regularly." Jagtap disputed this explanation: "The signature collection does not count."

NMC pays Kanak  image541 per tonne of garbage totalling image3,78,700 per day for an average of the city's 700 tonnes. Hanger's plant started processing 60 tonnes of garbage per day in its first phase around June-end. Parbatbai Netam, who has been working at the dump for 15 years, claimed only trucks carrying wastes from hospitals and malls are allowed inside the plant. "The useless garbage is dumped outside," Netam said. D D Jambhulkar, an NMC official and in-charge of dealings with Hanger, said only five per cent of the processed garbage is supposed to be recyclable.

The privatisation has affected livelihoods of 5,000 ragpickers who used to rummage through the city's bins and dump yards. The daily income has plummeted from  image200-250 per day to  image60-70, wastepicker Meena Banjare said (see 'Nagpur ragpickers out, machines in', Down To Earth, September 15-30 2009).

Jambhulkar revealed that six hectares (ha) of the 22 ha dumpyard has been allotted as green zone which cannot be used for commercial puposes. But Ashiq Bansod, NMC sanitary inspector, said a golf course is being built at the dumpyard.

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter :

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.

  • What a mess, I can't believe

    What a mess, I can't believe this is real. Without a good garbage collection service people there are exposed to health hazards, they are simply surrounded by garbage. I am so thankful we have our junk removal Newton service, I never imagined how our neighborhood would look like having piles of garbage everywhere...

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • A worst managed service ever

    A worst managed service ever seen, field supervisors never speaKS PROPERLY, MR sharma never left the phone never collect the restaurents garbage,

    mr sharma never lift the phone, never calls back, never attend complaint

    from last 15 days no one lift the garbage

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • i am resideing in plot no 61

    i am resideing in plot no 61 burde layout borgaon here garbage colleter hardly comes once in a month and challenges us to make complaint anywhere u like

    Posted by: Anonymous | 4 years ago | Reply