Berhampur, September 22 (LocalWire): Berhampur Municipal Corporation has decided to pay compensation to residents if the civic body fails to solve the problem of lifting garbage within 24 hours of receiving such complaints.
The first five complainants in the month will be compensated with Rs 200.
BeMC is the first civic body in the state to introduce this system from 15 October to streamline the sanitation system.
This decision was taken in a special meeting of the corporation held recently under the chairmanship of district Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange, who is also the administrator of BeMC.
‘Paying compensation by an urban body is not in the provision of Swachh Bharat but we have introduced it to streamline the sanitation system in the city,’ said BeMC commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore. He said it would be applicable only in the properties of the civic body.
Rathore said a WhatsApp (Saffa app) would be launched within a month which will allow people to call BeMC’s garbage pickup vehicle and post complaints regarding sewerage cleaning and other civic problems.
Rathore also said that bar code would be created for each house and institution and door to door garbage collection would be monitored through the bar code screening. Tender for the purpose would be floated soon, he added.
Screening through bar code system would be introduced as the civic body could not properly monitor garbage cleaning due to its vast area, he said.
Around 70,000 households are located in 3,800 locations under the BeMC.
The private agency, which is being used to lift garbage, will be paid only after screening the barcode, he added.
At the same time, BeMC has also decided to collect Rs 50 per house per month as user charge.
This user charge would be levied as per the Solid Waste Management Rule 2016 and in compliance of orders of National Green Tribunal, he said. The user fee would be collected along with the holding tax of the household, he added.
BeMC has also decided to provide incentives of Rs 25 per month to the houses for preparing compost in their houses. ‘The incentives will be given to encourage the households to manage solid waste on their own,’ he added.