New mayor directs civic body to prepare proposal on disposal of construction waste

The Municipal Corporation will prepare a proposal for disposal of construction waste and maintaining of sanitation in the city. The directions were given to the officials by Mayor Subhash Chawla on his first day in office on Wednesday.

Chawla, after taking over as the Mayor, had stated that improving the condition of sanitation in the city was one of his priorities. Concern over the sanitation in the city had also been raised by Union Minister Pawan Bansal. Along with garbage, the problem of construction waste lying at different places will also be looked into.

Chawla asked the officials to prepare a proposal on how many vehicles and how much staff would be required to make the city free of construction waste. The officials are likely to have the proposal ready by next week after which a meeting would be held.

The civic body had earlier prepared bylaws for dealing with construction waste. The bylaws had suggested a hefty increase in the fine imposed for dumping construction waste at unauthorised places. People would be required to get the construction waste dumped at the designated spots. However, the bylaws could not be finalized.

The standards of sanitation in the city have also deteriorated. Garbage heaps can be seen lying at different places. The pilot project of the MC for door-to-door garbage collection failed to take off last year. It was withdrawn after a strike by the collectors. A proposal to impose a hefty fine on residents who litter would be explored. It was opined that after the fine on wasting water was increased, violations by residents decreased.

Chawla, who had earlier been the Mayor in 2003, has stated that improvement in the services provided by the MC would be among his priorities. He said that the functions under the purview of MC are people-oriented. The residents expect better services from the civic body, he said. These would be strengthened.

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