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Thursday, 11 February 2021

For now, MC to collect fee through POS machines

Sandeep Rana

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10

The Municipal Corporation will collect door-to-door waste lifting charges of January from Sector 1 to 30 through point of sale (POS) machines this month.

The civic body has procured 150 POS machines for the purpose. "For the time being, we will collect the charges through these machines. In the near future, we are planning to charge it through water bills," said a senior MC official.

The civic body had started waste segregation at source and collection through its garage-lifting vehicles in the middle of December in Sector 1-30 under the first phase. It had declared that from January, the civic body would itself collect the charges, which were earlier being received by private waste collectors.

The corporation will soon start the second phase of the campaign in other sectors.

About 640 waste collectors had earlier registered under the MC to work as collectors or drivers in its vehicles. The civic body has a list of over 1,200 collectors operating in the city.

"Since the collectors' society agreed to our plans recently, we hope to start the second phase soon so as to cover the entire city," said an official concerned.

As per a notification issued by the MC Commissioner and displayed on the corporation website, Rs50 per month will be charged for collection of waste from EWS houses and Rs80 per month in case of LIG and MIG flats and five-marla houses. Houses measuring above five marla and less than one kanal and HIG flats will have to monthly pay Rs100, Rs110, Rs120 and Rs130 for ground, first, second and third floor, respectively. Commercial establishments will be charged between Rs50 and Rs250 per month as per their category. The charges were approved by the MC House.

from The Tribune

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