Demolition waste clearing gets push, MCG set to hire co, seeks govt’s nod

  • | Saturday | 18th November, 2023

Gurgaon:MCG on Friday decided to hire a private agency for lifting legacy construction and demolition (C&D) waste lying on arterial roads and other parts of the city. A tender has been floated, officials said, adding that the project cost for waste collection is estimated to be at Rs 7 crore.MCG has also sent a proposal for C&D waste processing to the state government.It will cost the civic body Rs 25 crore, according to officials. The MCG has now sought approval of the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) department.We have already floated a tender for the collection of legacy C&D waste and it will cost us around Rs 7 crore. We have also prepared a proposal of processing C&D waste and have sent the proposal for approval to the state government. As soon as we get the approval, another tender for the C&D waste processing will also be floated soon, said MCG commissioner PC Meena.The civic body is responsible for C&D waste collection, processing and its management. On September 10 last year, an RTI activist had submitted a complaint to chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and other top officials alleging corruption of more than Rs 50 crore by the private company in charge of collecting, transporting and dumping of C&D waste in Gurgaon. Following this, the contract with the agency was terminated.In the absence of a dedicated firm deployed for C&D waste collection, the construction debris is dumped across the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR), Gurgaon-Faridabad road, Sector 29, Saraswati Kunj besides other parts of the city. The dumping is taking place during the night too, said the residents of Saraswati Kunj. Residents have complained that the dust emanating from construction debris is contributing to the deteriorating air quality.The debris has been lying on the main roads for more than six months now, however, the authorities made no effort to lift the waste, said Vaishali Rana Chandra, an environmental activist.We also published the following articles recentlyDiwali: Chennai Corporation collects 210 tonne of wasteThe Greater Chennai Corporation collected 210 tonnes of cracker waste during the Diwali festival. The waste collection drive began on November 11 and will continue on Tuesday as well. Last year, the corporation collected 270 tonnes of waste over a four-day period. Valsaravakkam had the highest amount of waste collected at 29 tonnes, followed by Alandur with 26.9 tonnes and Sholinganallur with 3.5 tonnes.Set up panel to dispose of waste at dumping grounds: Maharashtra CMMaharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has instructed officials to form a committee to dispose of waste in Mumbais dumping grounds and submit an action plan within a week. The committee will consist of representatives from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The meeting also discussed waste management issues and the potential for waste-to-bio-CNG plants. The central government has allocated Rs 3400 crore for Maharashtras implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission.8k+ waste dumping plaints in 5 months, 77% on garbageThe CM Swachh Mumbai WhatsApp Helpline launched by the BMC has received over 8,000 complaints in five months, with the majority being about garbage disposal. The helpline has now added a category for complaints about waste burning. Some residents have complained about the helplines user-friendliness, suggesting tweaks such as allowing complaints to be registered without being present at the location. The BMCs central helpline remains operational for complaints via phone calls. A BMC official noted that waste burning is often done by those unaware of the dangers.

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