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Sanitation on key city roads to be privatized

Koride Mahesh, TNN, 28 February 2014


HYDERABAD: Keeping in view frequent strikes by sanitation workers and shabby upkeep of main roads, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has decided to hand over operation and maintenance (sanitation) of some stretches of major roads to private contractors.


Contractors would have to carry out door-to-door collection of garbage from residential houses, shops and commercial establishments besides cleaning sidewalks and footpaths. They would also be entrusted with the task of removal of litter and debris, prevention and removal of unauthorized posters and banners.


To begin with, some stretches like Begumpet flyover-Punjagutta, Road No. 2 & 3 of Banjara Hills, Masab Tank-Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, and Road 12, Banjara Hills-Filmnagar junction and till Jubilee Hills checkpost, Raj Bhavan Road from Somajiguda to Khairtabad, Khairatabad-Telugu Thalli flyover, Ambedkar statue-Assembly would be handed over to private parties. If the pilot project proves successful, the system might be extended to other areas.


The GHMC has issued request for proposal (RFP) a couple of days ago and would finalise the contractors soon for these stretches.


Officials of health and sanitation admit the main roads were not being maintained up to the expected standards, mainly due to lack of proper system, coordination and monitoring. However, officials claim some commercial establishments dump litter and garbage on these roads after the sanitary workers complete sweeping the roads. This litter and garbage spread around due to wind leading to insanitary conditions. Further, pedestrians, shoppers and commuters, too, contribute to littering of streets. Commercial organizations and political parties are not far behind in defacing the city by erecting banners and pasting walls with posters during the nights.


"GHMC carries out sanitation drive on these roads through outsourced workers, but now seeks to utilize commercial and technical expertise of private sector. The purpose of this project is to provide sanitation to ensure standards of hygiene, operational efficiency and environmental management," GHMC additional commissioner (health and sanitation) N Ravi Kiran told TOI.


Except bulk garbage from hotels and restaurants, the contractor should ensure door-to-door collection of garbage from all shops, establishments and residents facing the arterial roads on both sides.


The contractor has to create awareness among locals about the need to segregate dry and wet waste by maintaining two bins.


The prospective contractor could collect user charges as decided by the corporation, but has to deposit it with the GHMC. The recyclable waste generated out of it would be revenue of the contractor.


The corporation has incorporated penalty clause in the service-level agreement. If the contractor does not upload photographs as proof of cleaning job, road not looking neat and tidy, not clearing litter and garbage, not removing posters and banners,three per cent of the monthly payment would be deducted. In a month, if 30 point violation is found, the contractor would have to forfeit the entire operation and maintenance payment, the officials said.