CHENNAI: North Chennai’s litter-filled streets could soon be a thing of the past as Greater Chennai Corporation plans to outsource garbage conservancy work in Royapuram and Tiru Vi Ka Nagar zones.
As of now, 11 out of 15 zones in the city have outsourced garbage collection, with the exception of Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar and Anna Nagar. Eight zones in south and central Chennai are managed by Urbaser Sumeet, while three in north Chennai are managed by Ramki Enviros.
According to a council resolution passed on Saturday, the civic body has asked for a consultant to carry out a feasibility report for collection and transportation of solid waste for the two zones. Officials said they are carrying a feasibility study only.
Localities such as Old Washermenpet, Royapuram, Pulianthope, Vepery and parts of Egmore stand to get benefitted if the proposal comes through .The consultant will also be tasked with carrying out studies for setting up an integrated solid waste management facility at Kodungaiyur dumpyard.
The background of the study will include waste to energy plant, composting system, leachate treatment plant, sanitary landfill facilities and modernising waste transfer stations of zones Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Tiruvika Nagar and Anna Nagar.
Out of the 6,000 tonnes of waste generated in the city on a daily basis, nearly 1,000 tonnes come from Royapuram and Tiru Vi Ka Nagar.
The two zones also have 2,000 permanent conservancy staff. “Permanent staff receive high salary but are irregular in their job of waste collection. Outsourcing will help North Chennai to have regular waste collection and clean roads,” said R Ramesh, a civic activist from Old Washermenpet.