Bhubaneswar, June 27: The council of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today passed a resolution to privatise solid waste management in two more wards. With this, waste management in 53 out of the city’s 60 wards will be managed by private contractors.
On the other hand, the council of the civic body also passed a resolution to divide these 53 wards into four pockets so that a national tender could be floated for handling solid waste and building a solid waste management plant at Bhuasuni.
Municipal commissioner Vishal Kumar Dev said: “The decision to divide the city into four zones was taken, as managing the individual wards by a big organisation would not be investor-friendly. The contract for solid waste will also be awarded for five years, as it will be given according to the lifespan of the vehicles used for the transportation of the solid waste. Vehicles transporting solid waste get rusty and wear and tear is faster because of the various chemicals involved during the transport.”
To ensure transparency in the handling of solid waste, its transport and dumping, the civic body had already started building a weighbridge near the solid waste transit point near Sainik School, Dev said. The area would have a boundary wall to ensure safety and meet other norms.
“Regarding the removal of silt from small and major drains in the city, all the departments concerned were told to do the cleaning for small drains and the water resources department was asked by the state government to clean the drainage channel beds. BMC is ready to provide services to remove encroachments for desiltation. The money for this will be provided by the housing and urban development department,” he said.
Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena said the city would have four permanent night shelters at Ashok Nagar, Baramunda, Ganganagar and Bhimpur. While two will be built by the BMC, the other two will be constructed by the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (Hudco). Each night shelter will be built with an investment of Rs 31.40 lakh. The foundation stone will be laid in July and the shelters will be ready by December. The general administration department has allotted the required land and the civic body has built the boundary walls.
Staff crunch at the BMC has necessitated privatisation, and to this end the council today passed a proposal to convert healthcare delivery services at two allopathic dispensaries in Gadakana and Sundarpada into a public-private-partnership ventures with the collaboration of a city-based company.