Pause to Kanpur’s door-to-door garbage collection scheme

The door-to-door collection of solid waste in Kanpur for which the city received award for Improvement in Solid Waste Management (SWM) in Urban Infrastructure and Governance from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the year 2010 has now stopped operating. Problems created by the Kanpur Municipal Corporation are to be blamed behind the decision of the firm — M/s A2Z Infrastructure Ltd, which has the contract to collect waste and process it — to stop the operation.

According to the firm, the municipal corporation has failed pay the tipping fees totalling Rs 8 crore that has resulted into a financial crisis for the firm. "Our expenditure is around Rs 1.5 crore per month for paying salaries of staff and running the vehicles and processing plant. But due to delay in payment of the tipping fees from the municipal corporation, we had to reduce staff at the processing plant also," said Sudhikant Tripathi, A2Z's industrial relations officer.

The SWM project in Kanpur was initiated under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme at the cost of Rs 56.23 crore on public-private partnership model. M/s A2Z Infrastructure Ltd bagged the contract and commissioned the processing plant in 2010. It started door-to-door collection of garbage, its transportation to a sanitary landfill site spread over 46 hectares, and its processing for producing bio-fertilizer bags, bricks and tiles from inorganic waste and refused derived fuel. The firm also set up a power plant of 15 MW generation capacity that is scheduled to be fully operational next month.

When the firm started operation in the city in 2010, it had nearly 2,000 staff to collect the municipal waste door-to-door in 110 municipal wards of Kanpur that generates nearly 1,500 tonne of municipal solid waste per day. Around 1,200 tonne of garbage was collected daily door-to-door till February 28 this year. But as door-to-door collection was stopped from March 1, only about 1,000 staff has work.

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