Mathura, 2019.01.05 (VT): Mathura-Vrindavan Municipal Corporation’s door-to-door garbage collection plan has run into a roadblock within barely two months.
Local sweepers have warned the contract cleaners against discharge of duty. Garbage collection vehicles were forcefully stopped outside residential localities and the cleaners were threatened with dire consequences including damage to life and property.
As a result, garbage collection trucks have been unable to leave the depot for almost five days, and overflowing community bins are emanating a nauseating stench.
The Municipal Corporation contracted a private company, SBM, for door-to-door and community garbage collection. As many as 30 loaders, tractors, JCBs and other vehicles were made available to them.
Bringing in a private player threatened the rights of local sweepers who have been doing this job for generations. The municipality decided to hire three hundred cleaners on a contract basis, however, the local cleaners are angry that outsiders have been called in.
The plan for a door-to-door garbage collection service was announced in 2017, and yet, most areas were still waiting for implementation until a few months ago. The project is still in the initial phase and has not reached all areas of the town. Some colonies still have no garbage collection, while others are still served by local cleaners, who collect fees from residents for their services.