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HUDA pays over and over; clean-up bill Rs 61L Reported by Yogesh Kumar in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on August 30, 2012 HUDA pays over and over; clean-up bill Rs 61L - The Times of India Gurgaon: HUDA has claimed to have spent over Rs 61 lakh in three months for sanitation and cleaning up of roads in over eight sectors in Gurgaon. In its reply to an RTI filed by Raman Sharma, HUDA gave area-wise details of the expenditure and payments made for sanitation and clean-up works on roads and sectors by private contractors. In the first three months, Rs 17 lakh, Rs 17 lakh and Rs 26 lakh were paid to over a dozen different contractors. According to HUDA's response, between January and March, Sheetla Mata road and Palam Vihar road was cleaned up by different contractors five times. "The condition of these two roads, however, has not improved much but HUDA kept on paying the contractor again and again without checking the quality of work," said Sharma. In January the two roads were cleaned twice by two different contractors. The RTI reply stated that in January HUDA paid O P Sharma Contractors Rs 4.47 lakh for working in Sectors 5, 6, 12, 12A,18, Sheetla Mata Mandir Road and Palam Vihar Road. Interestingly, the same month another contractor Ansh Enterprises was paid Rs 4.91 lakh for carrying out sanitation and cleaning up of the roads in 12, 12A, 5 and Sheetla Mata Mandir Road and Palam Vihar Road. In the same month another contractor, M/s Ram Premi Contractor, was paid Rs 4.69 lakh for working in Sector 22 alone. In February, roads in Sectors 22, 23, 23A, 5, 12 and 12A were cleaned up by different contractors. The two roads, Sheetla Mata and Palam Vihar, were also cleaned up. The RTI reply also revealed that the contractor, Ram Premi, alone was paid thrice, totally over Rs 8 lakh for cleaning up 23 and 23A. "It is worth noticing that all the work was sanctioned on the same day (23 January 2012) for Sector 23 and 23A. The HUDA officials blindly sanctioned the works and made the payments," said the RTI activist. The expenditure swelled drastically in March and rose to Rs 26 lakh for the eight sectors falling under HUDA division (2). The maximum payment, Rs 4.97 lakh to B P Sharma Contractor for cleaning up roads was made for Sectors 3, 6, 5, 12A and Sheetla Mata Mandir Road. Work on Sector 22 roads was given twice to another contractor, Dharamvir Singh Contractor, and payments of Rs 4 lakh and Rs 3.04 lakh were made by HUDA. The same contractor was paid Rs 2.51 lakh for clean-up work in March this year.
skippinder posted a question in Ask for Non RTI Support..hello...i'm new to this so i'll need someone to tell me if i'm doing things the wrong way, but there's something that i've wanted to know for quite a long time...how exactly do the municipal bodies function?(i'm mainly interested in garbage dumping and how its being managed by the government in different parts of the country right now, but i'm sure there's a lot of other stuff that i'll be interested in)...also im very clear on the fact that its going to be very hard for people(especially us college going people who've got loads of time on their hands and would like to make a difference to the way things are working) to do anything without knowing how the municipality functions in the first place(i'll elaborate on what i mean if i get any sensible replies to this thread)....so i'd really appreciate it if someone told me or referred me to someplace else where i could find out about things...thanks..
As reported by Linah Baliga in dnaindia.com on 23 November 2008: DNA - Mumbai - BMC continues illegal dumping - Daily News & Analysis BMC continues illegal dumping RTI petition filed by locals shows garbage dumping at Mulund is not only illegal, but may not get clearance from the PCB anytime soon If one goes by the Municipal Solid Waste(MSW) Rules of 2000, the present, haphazard dumping of garbage taking place at all dumping grounds across Mumbai is unauthorised. A Right to Information (RTI) petition filed by local resident Vibhav Agarwal of Hari Om Nagar in Mulund (E), revealed some startling facts about this suburb. First, that the state Pollution Control Board (PCB) has not authorised the dumping of garbage in the Mulund dumping ground (MDG). And second, that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) continues with the haphazard dumping of 600-1200 tonnes of garbage every day at Mulund. A response sought from the PCB to the RTI petition, received on September 29, 2008, stated that an authorisation to the BMC, granting the processing and disposal of MSW at the Mulund dumping ground, was still pending at the PCB headquarters. The RTI reply also points out that the PCB’s regional officer (Mumbai) has recommended not allowing authorisation, due to the BMC’s non-compliance of the MSW Rules, 2000. Asked about this, additional municipal commissioner RA Rajeev said, “No unscientific dumping can get an authorisation from the PCB. That’s why the BMC has plans to stop haphazard dumping and go for scientific landfills in the near future, for all dumping grounds.” On whether the dumping in Mulund was unauthorised at present (and therefore illegal), Rajeev said: “If we go by that logic, even dumping at Deonar will be unauthorised. Then where will we dump Mumbai’s garbage?” That doesn’t alter the fact that the BMC is carrying on unauthorised dumping and flouting the MSW Rules 2000, Agarwal said. The lives and health of more than 10,000 families living in Hari Om Nagar are in jeopardy because of the haphazard dumping. “The BMC is obviously apathetic to the conditions these families are living in, and the serious health hazards they are exposed to. Our area is infested with rodents, stray dogs and flies, and we are forced to keep the windows shut all the time,” Agarwal added. After the Gorai dumping ground was closed recently, about 500 tonnes of garbage were diverted to Mulund, adding to the 40ft hillock of garbage here. According to Rajeev, the Mulund dumping ground will close once the Kanjurmarg dumping ground receives an environmental clearance from the Ministry of Forests and Environment. A bio-methanation plant will also be set up in Mulund, which will start operating from November 2010, he added. “But does that mean the residents will have to live with the stench and health hazards only because it is taking time to get the MoEF clearance, thanks to the BMC’s lackadaisical attitude?” Agarwal asks.