Hubballi and Dharwad face hurdles for waste collection
WATER & WASTE

Hubballi and Dharwad face hurdles for waste collection

Waste disposal is still a problem in the Hubballi Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) since there aren't enough auto tippers or cars for door-to-door rubbish pickup. 2018 saw the acquisition of the last 25 cars, with an additional 15 coming later. No new cars have been purchased since then. Because of this scarcity, people are throwing their trash on the side of the road, which makes the city less clean. HDMC has put out bids for 16 (407) cars and 25 auto tippers, however, the plan has not yet been put into action. The source claims that HDMC formerly had 68 wards. There are now 82 wards following the ward demarcation in 2022. In addition, there is daily growth in the population, residential areas, and commercial buildings. To collect garbage from houses and commercial establishments in twin cities, 450 mini-trucks are required, but there are only 216 vehicles available. Hence, HDMC is finding it difficult to collect garbage from houses regularly. In many residential areas, garbage collection vehicles visit once every two to three days. Satish Hiremath, a resident of Vidya Nagar, mentioned that it has become typical in the twin cities to observe garbage being dumped on the roadside and in open areas within residential zones. Despite numerous awareness campaigns, the installation of CCTV cameras, and warnings regarding hefty fines, many residents persist in disposing of garbage on the roadside. He urged HDMC to take strict action to address the garbage issue and ensure that garbage is collected daily. According to Akash Lokapur, a resident of Anand Nagar, there appears to be a shortage of garbage collection vehicles. He noted that with the increase in wards from 67 to 82, coupled with the city's expanding population, garbage collection now occurs only once every two days. He demanded that the authorities acquire more vehicles for garbage collection. Mallikarjun BM, an executive engineer of HDMC's solid waste management department, informed TOI that the current fleet of 216 vehicles is engaged in door-to-door waste collection and other areas. He mentioned that the procurement process for additional vehicles is underway, with 41 vehicles slated for imminent delivery. He further added that after the conclusion of the code of conduct period, further vehicles will be procured.

Waste disposal is still a problem in the Hubballi Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) since there aren't enough auto tippers or cars for door-to-door rubbish pickup. 2018 saw the acquisition of the last 25 cars, with an additional 15 coming later. No new cars have been purchased since then. Because of this scarcity, people are throwing their trash on the side of the road, which makes the city less clean. HDMC has put out bids for 16 (407) cars and 25 auto tippers, however, the plan has not yet been put into action. The source claims that HDMC formerly had 68 wards. There are now 82 wards following the ward demarcation in 2022. In addition, there is daily growth in the population, residential areas, and commercial buildings. To collect garbage from houses and commercial establishments in twin cities, 450 mini-trucks are required, but there are only 216 vehicles available. Hence, HDMC is finding it difficult to collect garbage from houses regularly. In many residential areas, garbage collection vehicles visit once every two to three days. Satish Hiremath, a resident of Vidya Nagar, mentioned that it has become typical in the twin cities to observe garbage being dumped on the roadside and in open areas within residential zones. Despite numerous awareness campaigns, the installation of CCTV cameras, and warnings regarding hefty fines, many residents persist in disposing of garbage on the roadside. He urged HDMC to take strict action to address the garbage issue and ensure that garbage is collected daily. According to Akash Lokapur, a resident of Anand Nagar, there appears to be a shortage of garbage collection vehicles. He noted that with the increase in wards from 67 to 82, coupled with the city's expanding population, garbage collection now occurs only once every two days. He demanded that the authorities acquire more vehicles for garbage collection. Mallikarjun BM, an executive engineer of HDMC's solid waste management department, informed TOI that the current fleet of 216 vehicles is engaged in door-to-door waste collection and other areas. He mentioned that the procurement process for additional vehicles is underway, with 41 vehicles slated for imminent delivery. He further added that after the conclusion of the code of conduct period, further vehicles will be procured.

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