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Sunday, 10 January 2021

Two services, two payments?

Sandeep Rana

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9

While the local MC has stated that its two-bin vehicles will lift segregated waste from door to door and the corporation will collect charges from Sector 1 to 30 residents from January 1, rehris are still lifting garbage at many places.

At some places, both rehris and two-bin vehicles are picking garbage from houses. Many residents prefer the rehri service over two-bin vehicles as the collectors lift waste from doorstep, unlike the MC vehicles.

Many residents are apprehensive that at the end of the month, both the MC and the private collectors (with rehris) may ask for charges.

"Rehris have been lifting waste from our houses as per the previous arrangement and the collectors are themselves segregating garbage. We do hear waste vehicles doing rounds in the area," said Narender Singh, a resident of Sector 19.

FOSWAC chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu said: "In our Sector 21, household waste was being collected mostly in rehris. The MC vehicles keep doing the formality of roaming around in the area. Sometimes, the vehicles are found parked idle near the Sehaj Safai Kendra. The MC should let RWAs do the job through rehris. It will save on expenses on fuel and drivers."

A senior MC official said: "Our vehicles are visiting all areas from Sector 1 to 30 to lift garbage. We do not know why 'rehriwalas' are collecting waste. We have already informed the residents through our sanitary inspectors and public notices, as well as through the press that the MC will collect charges."

Officials said they would collect garbage-collection charges either through POS machines or water bills. Besides, the civic body has given a final notice to all remaining collectors to register with the MC by January 14 or else the corporation will make its own arrangements, they said. Meanwhile, certain collectors have got themselves registered with the MC and were hired as either helpers or drivers of the waste-collection vehicles. But, many continue to operate privately.

Dalbir Rana, general secretary, Residents' Welfare Association, Sector 19-C, said: "Residents will be bound to pay the MC since it is a government body. Rehri collectors picking waste from many houses will also ask for charges. There could be a dispute at the end of the month."

During a meeting with MC Joint Commissioner SK Jain, which was held with regard to launching the scheme in southern sectors, CRAWFED chairman Hitesh Puri said: "Before starting it in the southern sectors in the second phase, the MC should first settle its dispute with the private collectors for a smooth running of the project." Jain assured him of action.

from The Tribune

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