Mumbai: Angry contractors tell BMC, they won’t collect city waste

Mumbai: The BMC is going to call for a fresh tender of approximately Rs 1800 crore to carry city waste to the dumping grounds. But garbage contractors, who were eyeing this tender, were found mixing debris in garbage and video-graphed during a surprise visit by BMC officials. Aware that they won’t get this tender, they have now found a new way to secure the huge order by hook or crook and threatened the civic corporation that they will not collect city waste from January 27, 2018, if the showcause notice issued against them is not taken back.

A letter written to the Chief Engineer of Solid Waste Management department states, “We (contractors) haven’t received a fresh work order, nor confirmation of extension in writing, to continue the existing work, even though our consent was sent two weeks back. However, we have continued to ensure the hygiene and cleanliness of the city; we have done so in view of our long-standing rapport with your organisation; and, most importantly, because we do not want to cause any inconvenience to the public at large.”

The letter further cites “We (contractors) have been receiving signed log sheets from the BMC on day-to-day basis, which are on record. Therefore, our request is to withdraw the unfair show-cause notice, as the cause of events is completely out of our scope of work.”

It also mentions that if the show-cause notice issued to contractors, as well as the penalty clause mentioned, are not withdrawn, then there will be no alternative for them, except to withdraw the service from January 27, 2018. These contractors were found cheating the BMC by showing more wet waste collection by mixing debris with garbage. The civic corporation pays Rs 875 per tonne of garbage.

Ever since the BMC cracked down on errant contractors, the city’s daily collection of solid waste has gone down from 9,500 metric tonnes to 7,500 metric tonnes. That indicates the extent to which the mixing was being done, to submit inflated bills. The department had detected 24 cases of mixing of debris in garbage to increase the weight of the ‘collection.’

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