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AMC proposes twice-a-day garbage collection in Aurangabad city

AMC proposes twice-a-day garbage collection in Aurangabad city

Aurangabad: The civic body has proposed collection of garbage from different sites pf the city from the existing once in a day to two times and the implementation is expected within a week's time. Newly-elected mayor Nandu Ghodele, who visited various large garbage collection points along with his deputy, said lifting of garbage during day as well as night hours would ensure desired cleanliness in Aurangabad. It should be noted that four years ago, the civic authorities had also announced plans for twice a day garbage collection, but things could not progress beyond rhetoric. While twice-a-day garbage lifting was kick-started in a few areas then, the practice could not be scaled up for various reasons.

Ghodele, however, said words would be translated into action shortly. "Twice-a-day garbage collection has lot of advantages for the public and Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). Heaps of garbage piling in different parts in the city is definitely unpleasant sites and danger to public health. We would implement proposed changes by next week," he said. As per the current practice, door-to-door garbage lifting takes place across different wards in the city mostly during morning hours and waste generated later deposited at identified collection centres from where garbage vans carry it towards dumping sites. Ghodele said civic authorities as well as sanitary staff have to pull up their socks for implementing the twice-a-day garbage collection plan. "Some lethargy can be observed among the workforce concerned. We have come across complaints of sanitary staff either bunking or reporting late to work. The authorities and staffers have to change their style of functioning and alter their mind-set in order to execute plans envisaged," the mayor said.

He also said that necessary transportation arrangement and related machinery would be increased to suit the needs of twice-a-day garbage collection. Citizens have welcomed the move. "We pay considerable amount as taxes towards cleanliness measures on part of the AMC. The proper handling of garbage collection would keep different public health issues at bay," said Nandkumar Pathak, a resident of Seven Hill area. Meanwhile, Ghodele and his deputy are scheduled to visit Naregaon depot site on Tuesday. While residents of Naregaon have already served an ultimatum of three months to the local civic body to find new site for garbage disposal, similar public resistance has been witnessed from other proposed sites.

Locals from Tisgaon and Chowka have already expressed displeasure over possible shifting of garbage depot to their area. It should be noted that environmentalists have already opposed the possibility of setting up garbage disposal unit at Chowka, as the place is in immediate vicinity of Sarola forest area that houses rich biodiversity. A team of civic body officials would accompany the mayor during his visit to Naregaon for interaction with the locals. "The option of taking help of Chinese government as a part of the Sister City agreement has been also under consideration," AMC authorities said.

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