GUWAHATI, Jan 11: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has failed in its duty to effectively collect garbage from the doorsteps of the city residents.

The GMC had last year increased the number of NGOs that collect garbage door-to-door on its behalf from 58 to 90.

A resident of Hatigaon said, “The workers are not regular in collection of garbage generated in the households of our locality. It has been around a week since the NGO workers last visited our locality. As a result we have to hire people to collect the garbage by paying extra money.”

The GMC looks after the solid waste management activities within its jurisdiction which is divided into 31 wards. It had hired 31 NGOs, one each for the wards, to collect garbage door-to-door from July 2014. After culmination of the contract in 2017, it hired 58 NGOs for door-to-door waste collection.

“The main reason for the irregularities in garbage collection from the doorsteps of residents is some unresolved issues going on between the NGOs and the Corporation,” a worker engaged by an NGO said.

The GMC has taken several measures to make the city clean, from introducing auto tippers to deploying flying squads to dispose waste. However, the exercise has proved unfruitful as the garbage is not cleared on time.

The civic body has also failed to collect garbage from many designated public places of the city. The garbage bins brim over and the garbage spills onto the road.

It has also been observed that when the NGOs do not visit the houses to collect the garbage, the residents dump it on the roadside.

“Huge piles of garbage on a vacant plot of land near Ankur Path at Jatia have made life miserable for the residents. It is a prime duty of the Corporation to dispose of the garbage daily,” Adarshapur Bylane-4 Unnayan Samiti, Kahilipara general secretary Dhrubajyoti Sarma said.

On the other hand, the GMC in a notification today said, “Guwahati Municipal Corporation is on the ground to ensure cleanliness. As an extension to the ongoing campaign for ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, the Commissioner of GMC has initiated a mega cleanup drive in the city. As part of the campaign, the Corporation will impose penalty on those who throw waste on the roads.”