Municipal Corporation Shimla has urged the public to join door to door garbage collection as about 1600 households are still not connected with the scheme so far. This was disclosed by the Municipal Commissioner Shimla Mr. Pankaj Rai while interacting with media persons yesterday. He said that MC conducted the survey of left out households which are still not connected with the door to door garbage collection.
He said that about 37000 households were connected with the scheme. Also, the MC has found that people were littering the garbage down the hill and water streams in part of Malayana and Totu.
“We have conducted a household survey to for effective implementation of solid waste management and found that about 1600 households have not joined the scheme yet. Now we have issued notices to left out household, who would have to face disconnection water connection if the did not join the garbage collection within MC limit.”, he said.
He said that MC has launched a toll-free telephone number 1916 for effective implementation of Swacha Bharat Abhiyan.
Mr. Rai said that MC would charge 30 percent sewerage cess from commercial entities and 15 percent from the domestic as State Government had levied this cess on the sewerage connections in the town would be effective from this year onward.
MC Shimla which was shortlisted for best town among 71 towns in the country may miss the opportunity as negligence was being adopted on the treatment of sewerage in the town by the state IPH department and a number of households are still to be covered under the door to door garbage collection scheme.
The Town solid waste treatment plant was not functioning properly for past few months as contractors engaged in the work have fled from the plant, forcing the MC to carry Solid garbage to Chandigarh-based STP bearing the extra charges on transport.