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Mangaluru: Waste collection vehicles and workers face issue of parking, personal hygiene

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Aug 9: The general public holds their nose when waste collection vehicles pass by due to the foul smell that emanates from them. If these vehicles are parked in one area, then definitely there will be a protest and complaints from people living in the vicinity of the parked vehicles. Due to this issue, the waste collection vehicles in the city are not getting a permanent place to park their vehicles in the city.

As there is no clear-cut parking yard for these vehicles after they complete their day's work, even the employees associated with these vehicles are facing the issue of transportation to and from work and in maintaining their personal hygiene. Due to the continuous tug-of-war between the MCC and the Antony Waste Management Company, the latter is forced to park around ten vehicles each at different parts of the city.

MCC and contractor passing the buck on each other

In total there are 83 vehicles that are used in the collection and disposing off of waste in the city. As many as 823 labourers are employed for this work. Earlier, a yard near Kulur was provided for all the vehicles to park after completion of their day's work. However, this yard was closed due to the complaint raised by the locals with regards to the foul smell that was emitting from the vehicles. It is the joint responsibility of company and the MCC to find an alternative yard to park all the waste collection vehicles. However, both are just pushing their responsibility on each other saying that an area for parking is still being searched.

Ten vehicles each are being parked at several places including Suratkal, Pacchanady, Kavoor, Mallikatte, Mannagudde, Kankanady and Mangaladevi at present. Even security guards are deployed in certain places in order to guard these vehicles during the night.

Vehicle repair garage in Kulur

If the vehicles that are parked in various parts of the city face any mechanical issues, then they need to be brought to the garage at Kulur. The driver of the respective vehicle has to drop the vehicle at the garage at Kular for repair and has to return at his own expense to reach his residence, which results in inordinate delay in the concerned employee reaching his home.

What is the real issue?

Most among the 823 people working in the waste collection and disposal vehicles are women. A good number of them reside around Baikampady and Kulur. The work of collection of garbage starts at around 6 am in the morning. However, the workers are finding it difficult to reach their assigned vehicles on time. Neither the MCC nor the company is providing any transportation facility for these employees. Due to the same reason, workers residing in Suratkal are reaching Jeppu at around 7 am. If a yard is provided in either Pachanady or Surathkal, then the waste collection and disposal work can go on smoothly.

No toilet or changing room for workers

One of the employees says that they have been provided with uniforms. However, there is no changing room in order to wear the same. Most of the employees are females and they have to change their gear on roadside itself. In addition, there is no washroom facility for the workers. It is possible to wear the uniform while coming to work in the morning. However, it is not possible to go back home wearing the same as it stinks and causes inconvenience to other passengers on the bus.

MCC blames Antony Waste Management Company

"I am aware that the waste collection vehicles are parked at various places in the city. The employees of the company are facing problem due to this arrangement. The responsibility of finding the yard to park all the vehicles at one place is the responsibility of the contractor. The same has been brought to their notice," said Bhaskar K, mayor of MCC.

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  • Jackson Lobo, mangalore

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    8pm to 11pm or 4am to 6am ...?
    with all due respect... "They to have a family and personal life"

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  • suresh, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    There are many other professions working during those hours too like Fish/Vegetables whole sellers, etc due to various reason.
    Also cleaning during those hours causes less inconvenience to general public as well as workers themselves.

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  • Jackson Lobo, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    @Suresh, Mangalore

    Would you work at that time daily for one reason or the other...???

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  • suresh, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    @Jackson Lobo
    Yes, if I have to. I have worked in shifts in my profession whenever the situation demanded.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    These vehicles should be compulsorily washed everyday evening using pressured water before parking at particular place

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  • Mohit, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    MCC must make provision for parking the waste collection vehicles in all respective locations. Housing and lodging for the workers should be arranged by Anthony group. Why the corporator and district administrator not getting serious about the whole waste management episode.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    It is a shame that MCC has not provided simple requirements for workers like toilets or a room to change their dresses,and most important to have a bath after the work ,which can transmit many diseases to others in community.Against it a case can be filed.And the vehicles should be cleaned soon after the waste collection is done and disposed.No vehilcles should be anywhere parked without cleaning.It is a hygienical matter and very infectious diseases can be spread,cause to more flies,and infection.MCC should be knowing it,suppose other firms are neglecting it MCC should bring it to their notice,and see that they follow it.Why not MCC has its own garage or a parking lot.?why did they neglect it?

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  • VR, Udupi

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    Agreed with you. The corporation should have provided space to park these vehicles besides creating space for maintenance and employee rest area which includes toilets. It may not be in one location. May be one in north and one in south and one in east. Keeping an Indian city clean is not a small task and Mangalore has a good record so far when compared to similar other cities in Karnataka or in India for that matter.

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  • Dilip, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    The vehicle used for garbage collection is either poorly designed or of lesser capacity than required for an area. It's a common sight to see fee garbage bags falling off the vehicle immediately after it is collected and near speed breakers, etc. Also, even though the vehicle has a public address system which announces about wet and dry waste segregation, the vehicle operating staff aren't doing it practically (many apartments have separate coloured bags for wet and dry waste).

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  • Desi Jawan, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    Such a pity on the workers!!!

    MCC is responsible to mention all the clauses such as bidder price should include a parking facility, proper uniform, toilets &change rooms and local transportation etc. for workers in their tender documents. Then the tenderer will consider all these requirements and quote for it accordingly. The winning bidder then must comply with all requirements and MCC should make sure that it happens.

    If above is not compiled by the winning contractor then MCC has all rights to take action against the contractor.

    Good luck MCC and most of all Mangaloreans....including me!!!

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  • jack yong yong, nanjing china

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    let them park thier vehicles outside the govt offices.. then the officials will realise the problem..

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  • freyu, manglr

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    mcc is responsible. they made big mistake by implementing pick and take .
    increase in vehicle
    increase in polution
    increase in diesel
    problem for workers.
    spread of infections
    money loss for public

    old time big garbage tank for 1 area was very good . if they would clean by taking it by covering. it was all safe.
    but now all dirty .

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  • Jackson Lobo, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    Firstly stop dumping garbage here and there,secondly keep your garbage safe from stray animals since most of the time I see these good heart people collecting dumped garbages from here and there. Also i have seen them pick up the garbage outside homes after the garbage bag is destroyed by stray animals.

    Also you can pay how much you want to for liquor, but can not pay for those people who keep the city clean....???


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    MCC is responsible because they have appointed Anthony ...

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  • Eva, Kirem

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    Waste management is pathetic in Mangalore though it is much better than Bangalore. Following is a must follow for a smart city
    1. These workers must compulsorily use gloves
    2. Segregating waste
    3. How about collecting waste from roads at night between 8-11 or morning from 4-6

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