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Delhi ranks poorly in solid waste management: Survey

With only one per cent of skilled personnel engaged in solid waste management out of a battery of 52,000 workforce, which is highest in the metros, Delhi has faired badly in handling the solid waste, according to a survey conducted by FICCI.

New Delhi, Feb 21: With only one per cent of skilled
personnel engaged in solid waste management out of a battery
of 52,000 workforce, which is highest in the metros, Delhi has
faired badly in handling the solid waste, according to a
survey conducted by FICCI.

Compared to Delhi which produces 5,900 metric tonnes
waste per day (MTD), cities like Mumbai with 8,000 MTD,
Kolkatta (3,000 MTD) and Chennai (3,500 MTD) have, however,
recorded better total waste efficiency.

This can be attributed to a higher number of skilled
manpower engaged in solid waste management by Mumbai. For
instance, Mumbai ranks second with 40,140 personnel (5,000
skilled workers) followed by Madurai, Coimbatore and Nasik,
deployed for solid waste management.

The survey, which attempted to cover 35 cities with a
population of more than one million, got response from urban
local bodies of 25 cities including Agra, Ahmedabad, Delhi,
Indore, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Cochin, Surat, Meerut, Mumbai,
Patna and Nasik.

With the highest population size of 1.50 crore, Delhi has
the highest per capital expenditure on solid waste management
(Rs 431) followed by Mumbai (Rs 428), Jaipur (Rs 301), Chennai
(Rs 295) and Ludhiyana (Rs 258).

Though door-to-door collection has almost failed in
Delhi, 17 out of 25 cities surveyed have introduced
door-to-door collection.

Nagpur, Nasik and Bangalore claim 100 per cent collection
efficiency in terms of households from where waste is
collected, while Surat and Hyderabad have shown an efficiency
of 80 per cent and 75 per cent respectively.

Contrary to popular belief that the national capital is
spending highest on waste management system among the cities
surveyed, it is the Asansol Municipal Corporation which has
been allocating the highest percentage of funds on waste
collection efficiency.

Privatisation seems to be the key for many cities like
Bangalore, Mumbai, Jaipur and Nagpur where the maximum
activities have been handed over to the private sector
while Coimbatore and Asansol have evinced a possibility of
privatising all solid waste management activities in future.

Twentry-three out of 25 cities selected for the survey
have opted for privatisation.

Bureau Report

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