The MC’s pilot garbage collection project has drawn the ire of private garbage collectors who fear loss of their livelihood.
On Tuesday Members of the Door-to-door Garbage Committee blocked the Sector 25 road to protest the MC’s pilot garbage collection project launched in Sector 22. The MC project will replace individual private garbage collectors with contractors. Protesters say that scores of individual garbage collectors will be deprived of their income.
Committee members set up effigies of Corporation authorities and beat them with shoes to express their anger at the MC’s decision. Committee president Jai Kisan Dulla said that in Sector 22 alone 45 persons have been doing door to door garbage collection from at least 1995. They will be out of work due to this project. The Committee threatens to disrupt garbage collection throughout the city if the pilot project is not halted immediately.
M.C. Commissioner V.P Singh was unavailable for comment. The Pilot Garbage Collect project has evoked mixed reactions in the city. Some old time city residents recall that back in the 70s garbage collection was carried out efficiently by MC staff, although not on a daily basis. Others caution that the MC has not shown the ability to discipline its contractors in other projects and fear that garbage collection will become a now-and-then affair if the MC handles it. Some welcome the MC initiative and some, like the protestors see it as a threat to their daily bread.
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