North corpn to charge fee for debris removal

Having failed to successfully monitor the dumping of waste from construction sites, the North Municipal corporation has prepared a proposal that will charge those who seek to construct or renovate buildings for the removal of debris.

North corporation officials said that under the new proposal people will have to pay for the disposal of building material waste or malba at the time of getting the building plan approved. "If someone has a building plan, it means construction will take place which will result in building material waste," a senior official said.

According to P K Gupta, Commissioner, North municipal corporation, the civic body has been paying private agency, IL&FS, to pick up malba from 70 designated building material waste dumping sites and dispose it of in Bawana.

The commissioner said IL&FS also lifts waste dumped in random spots and transfers it to dumping sites designated by the corporation, before finally removing it to Bawana.

"People dump their building material waste wherever they find a spot or at these 70 dumping sites notified by the corporation. But we are paying for removal of this malba waste and since we cannot trace who is dumping this material, we have planned to charge people when they get their building plan approved," Gupta said.

Gupta said efforts were being made to make it mandatory for those who come for a building plan approval to pay for dumping building material waste.

However, the amount to be charged needs to be worked out.

The commissioner even conducted a meeting of deputy commissioners (DC) and asked them to monitor construction sites in their respective areas.

"All DCs were asked to monitor and report about the number of sites in which construction is in progress. This will help the civic body know who is dumping the waste," a senior official said of the North corporation said.

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