Chennai Corporation To Privatise Conservancy Operations In More Areas
With the city generating 5,000 tonnes per day, the Greater Chennai Corporation proposed a Rs 1,442-crore solid waste management revamp plan in 2017. The four-package plan also involved privatisation of about 70 per cent of the conservancy operations in the city. However, many residents opposed this move; with conservancy workers employed with the civic body garnering huge support from the people.
In 2011, conservancy operations were privatised in three localities, namely Teynampet, Kodambakkam and Adyar. Recently, the corporation decided to privatise conservancy operations across all the eight zones in the new areas of the city which were merged with Greater Chennai Corporation. The zones are Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur.
The solid waste management project focused on restructuring the existing conservancy process, shutting down of dump yards and setting up waste-to-energy units. Inclusion of biomethanation — a sustainable method of processing waste — has been considered as a vital link, apart from incinerator units, in the overall process chain of collection, treatment and disposal of solid waste. Tenders will be floated soon.
There is a completely new system in place that has efficiency as a key objective for the Greater Chennai Corporation. Under the new model, private contractors would take up street cleaning and source segregation of garbage, including garden waste. Their task will also cover door-to-door collection in 100 per cent of the streets in project area spanning 256 sq km. The efficiency of the waste collection process is projected to be taken up to 100 per cent of the project area in the specified eight zones. Moreover, the payment of wages to the private conservancy operations will be linked to key performance indicators, that is, by checking the status of source segregation and cleanliness of city streets.
Meanwhile, conservancy workers have been demanding wage hike, improved working conditions and permanent employee status, which hampered garbage collection in several areas such as T Nagar, Adambakkam, Mylapore, Teynampet, Adyar and Choolai. Attrition rate has become high highlighting the need for more conservancy workers. Privatisation is expected to streamline the operations, provided the need for adequate infrastructure and welfare of workers are taken care of.