Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, June 17
To study how a private firm is handling the solid waste management system in Chennai, a team of the Ludhiana MC is on a tour to Chennai these days. The team, comprising of 11 members — Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu, MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal, Senior Deputy Mayor Sham Sundar Malhotra, two councillors and six officials — is studying the solid waste management system there, as per the officials.
Talking over the phone, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said they checked the door-to-door collection and other works related to solid waste management in Chennai.
“We saw how they are using e-rickshaws for door-to-door collection there. We will check as to how they conduct road sweeping work at night. We will study the waste processing work in Chennai also,” said Sandhu.
Superintending Engineer, MC, Rajinder Singh, who is part of the team, said the company had invited the MC team to study the solid waste management there.
A team of the MC had also gone to Indore last year to study the solid waste management system there but no steps were taken to implement the Indore model here in Ludhiana.
A private firm, A2Z group, had terminated its services with the Ludhiana MC in February this year. The MC has failed to run the waste processing plant to date since the A2Z group left services. The MC has also failed to deal with legacy waste (old waste) at main dumping site. Besides, many uncovered garbage dumps (secondary collection points) in the city are haunting the residents.