After the recent debacle in the Swachh Survekshan rankings, the civic body is all set to improve the city’s overall cleanliness by placing more bins and replacing the damaged ones with new bins to prevent residents from dumping garbage on the roadsides.
That’s not all. The bins would be cleared regularly by deploying more compactor vehicles. It would, however, cost the city corporation Rs 4.45 crore, which would be used to procure 500 dumper bins and five compactor vehicles to carry waste to dump yards.
Among the 48 cities with a population of more than 10 lakh, the city was placed 46th in the recent Swachh Survekshan rankings. The only time it performed comparatively well was in 2018, when it secured 18th position.
Presently, the city’s performance in managing garbage is not up to the mark. While there aren’t enough bins in residential areas to handle the quantity of garbage being generated daily, a lion’s share of them is not in a good condition as well. As a result, garbage piling up on roadsides, next to overflowing bins, is a common sight in the city.
Now, the civic body seems to be determined to manage the garbage issue more prudently and improve its cleanliness ranking. Officials said they were planning to address all the issues plaguing the garbage collection and disposal system one by one.
Corporation commissioner Raja Gopal Sunkara told that they have sent a proposal to the commissioner of municipal administration to purchase 500 bins and five compactors. “Procurement of equipment will begin as soon as we get the go-ahead.”
He, however, admitted that increasing the number of bins was not an ideal solution to improve the city’s cleanliness. “It is only a temporary solution.
As per the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, cities should bring down the number of bins by creating a robust door-to-door waste collection mechanism. It also calls for segregation of degradable and non-degradable waste at source.”
The corporation commissioner said they would also slowly take steps to improve the door-to-door garbage collection and segregation of waste at the source level. “Support from residents is very important to manage the waste collection and disposal properly.”
He said while the parameters for the cleanliness rankings would not be the same every year, keeping the city clean and ensuring collection and segregation of waste were its basic responsibilities.
Another corporation official said they were faring good in the waste disposal and collection front in most of the wards in the old city. “There are issues to be addressed in added wards. There are also issues with handling waste at the Vellalore dump yard. Because of this, we could not handle the entire waste generated during festivals like Ayudha puja, Diwali and Pongal in a single day.
Coimbatore Corporation is closely looking into the following problems as Plaguing issues, Lack of enough bins, Damaged bins, Irregular waste collection. They expect the people to cooperate with them to make our city clean.
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