July 12, 2024

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Patna: Patna Municipal Corporation commissioner Keshav Ranjan Prasad on Sunday said termination of services of the two agencies involved in the door-to-door garbage collection will not affect residents, as the civic body will take over the work till new agencies are hired.

The standing committee headed by Patna mayor Sita Sahu on Saturday recommended the termination of the services of the two private agencies involved in the garbage collection. The matter would now go to the PMC’s board for the final approval.

According to sources, the decision is likely to be approved in the wake of dissatisfaction of councillors about the way of functioning of the agencies involved in the job.

Many ward councillors had claimed they were getting regular complaints from people about the agencies’ laggard approach towards garbage collection.

“The door-to-door garbage collection won’t be stopped even after the termination of the agencies. We (the PMC) would take over the work and we would manage the work through our own resources as long as new agencies are not hired,” said commissioner Prasad.

He added that the PMC won’t be able to manage the work on its own for too long and that’s why new agencies would be hired for the job.

“A lot of brainstorming will be done to add clauses in the contract for the new agencies so that they don’t repeat the same mistakes,” added Prasad.

The termination decision comes a year after completion of their services. Patna-based Nishka Security and Intelligence Services and Delhi-based People’s Association for Total Help and Youth Applause (Patheya) started the work with much fanfare on April 6 last year. However, their work was mired in controversy from the very beginning as residents and councillors kept complaining that the labourers associated with the private agencies were not reaching the residents’ houses for garbage collection.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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