Bin shortage puts civic body in spot

The garbage piles continue to haunt the Chennai corporation and the latest headache to the civic body is acute shortage of bins to collect and translocate the solid waste.

Most of the wards in the city suffer over 50 per cent shortage of bins and to improve the situation the corporation has planned to purchase around 2,000 bins at a cost of Rs 2.84 crore.

Says a ruling party AIADMK councillor, “My ward in Anna Nagar constituency requires nearly 60 to 80 bins, but there are only 40 bins including 20 broken ones. I have been periodically taking up the issue with the corporation zonal office and they have assured to provide 20 new bins. But even then there would a shortage of bins”.

“The corporation has till now spent several crores of money for installing the garbage sheds in about 1,000 places against the proposed 1,239 locations and the project has been a waste of money. Garbage sheds have complicated the waste management process and the money could have been used to buy bins,” opined Mr. Subash Chandra Bose, DMK floor leader in the city corporation.

There is shortage of bins only in the recently annexed areas and the situation within the old city is better.
The corporation has already finalised tenders and the council had also passed a resolution. In a few weeks, the new bins will arrive and the corporation will spend Rs 14,200 for a bin and all the existing old bins will be replaced in a phased manner to improve the waste management process, Ripon Building sources said.

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