28 August, 2015, The Times of India
The municipal corporation has added more garbage-picking vehicles to its fleet from Thursday, which will is expected to improve the sanitation condition of the city. Chief minister Harish Rawat flagged off the new vehicles, which are a part of new infrastructure worth Rs 1.5 crore.
Currently, Dehradun has around 45 Tata Ace and with inclusion of 15 more, the corporation will have 60 small trucks for lifting garbage from all over the city. The state government has granted the request of providing infrastructure worth Rs 1.5 crore against corporation’s demand of Rs five crore.
The state has approved 15 Tata Ace, six tractor trolleys and two dumper placers for helping the corporation in improving the sanitation of the city.
Dehradun generates nearly 350 million tones of waste every day. The DMC is mulling over deploying an all new sanitation team for keeping the city neat and green. “We are finding ways to implement solid waste management plan on the lines of Smart City requirement and for this, the entire programme has to be managed by a professional team. We are finding out potential options,” said DMC mayor Vinod Chamoli.
Meanwhile, the inaugural session held at municipal corporation’s auditorium saw CM and mayor at loggerheads as the mayor expressed displeasure over the state’s head coming to inaugurate barely 15 small trucks. He alleged this was done to garner “sympathy votes of class IV, while turning a blind eye to the requests of approving the corporation’s long-pending sanitation projects”.
Speaking with media, the mayor said, “The state has better agenda which needs the presence of CM rather than flagging off garbage lifting vehicles. It was a clear-cut political stunt. If the CM was really keen on improving the hygiene of Dehradun, he should have given approval to Sheeshambara solid waste management plant and barred his ministers from encroaching upon lands in the city.”