Patna would become a garbage-free city within six months. The government has acquired 77 acres of land on the city’s outskirts for garbage disposal, deputy chief minister Sushil Modi told the legislative council on Wednesday.
Replying to a question of Kedar Nath Pandey (CPI), Modi said the government has entrusted this task to a private firm since January 15 this year. Altogether 800 garbage boxes have to be placed at different points in the new capital area, of which 400 boxes have already been placed in ward no 1 to 9, he said.
The deputy CM, who is also incharge of the urban development department, said the government has introduced a mechanism for door-to-door collection of garbage for which a sum of Rs 15 is collected from each residence. For commercial premises, this ranges from Rs 50 to Rs 75.
“We target to make Patna a garbage-free city within six months. We are also introducing a system of deputing security guards at various city locations to ensure the garbage is dumped in boxes. We have given necessary instructions to the Patna Municipal Corporation in this regard,” Modi informed the House.
He admitted acute dearth of employees in the municipal corporation. No PMC employee would be removed because of outsourcing of certain services, he added.
Modi further said a similar move would be made for cleanliness in cities like Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Gaya. The tendering process for Muzaffarpur and Gaya has already been completed, he said.
Source: The Times of India