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Civic agencies claim they are doing their bit.

AS complaints of garbage lying unattended in the Capital reached civic municipal corporation's doors, all the three civic agencies have claimed to have taken a slew of measures to curb the problem. The measures include commissioning of new waste-to-energy and construction and debris waste plants (that recycle construction waste), installation of dustbins with lids and lifting of the garbage from the collection point twice a day. Blaming the Delhi government for not implementing sanitation by-laws that impose a ban on littering, Subhash Arya, Mayor, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, said, "A proposal was sent to the Delhi government to increase the fines on littering but it is still sitting on the proposal. However till then, we are going to install 500 to 1,000 closed bins and deploy manpower to guard them round the clock. The garbage will be picked up twice a day from dhalaos and we are currently working on the zone-wise integration waste management plan. We have already declared tender for two construction and debris waste plant in Dwarka and Ghumanera. "We shall also issue fresh tenders and invite more companies to take up the sanitation work and make our sanitation contracts more stringent that will compel the contractors to work and not dilly-dally lifting of the garbage. At present, every contractor is fined above `1 crore for not abiding by the contract. The previous sanitation contracts need serious revision. We shall also increase the visibility clause in the contract," said an MCD official. Besides, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation is focusing on its own waste to energy plant in Narela Bawana. "At the moment the waste generated in the NDMC area gets processed in the SDMC's Okhla waste-to-energy plant. Once the clearances are taken, our majority of waste will be treated in our plant. We have initiated composting units in three parks of the NDMC that will together process 200 million tonnes of horticulture waste. Our construction and debris waste plant is processing 500 million tonnes of waste in Jahangirpuri on Shah Alam Bandh Marg and the efficiency is very high," said Ravinder Gupta, Mayor, North Delhi Municipal Corporation. The prime focus of the East Delhi Corporation will be to initiate its waste-to-energy plant in Ghazipur that will process 1,200 million tonnes waste and construction and debris waste in Shastri Park with a capacity of 500 million tonnes.

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Date:Aug 21, 2015
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