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, 2009
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Residents seek effective waste disposal system

RWAs take up the cudgel to maintain clean environment
Source: The Tribune, Date: , 2009

Garbage collectioFaced with various problems of garbage collection system and mushrooming of the sahaj safai kendras here, a meeting of the Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) under the banner of the Federation of Sector Welfare Association, was held at the Sector 21 community centre , in Chandigarh. Sunil Chopra, president, Sector Welfare Association, said the residents were facing numerous problems currently at the hands of sweepers or private contractors, who charged exorbitantly and were accountable to none. Besides, the safai kendras built by the Chandigarh municipal corporation for garbage collection were a sham with splattered garbage, breeding ground for flies, mosquitoes in almost every sector. Satnam Singh, a former WHO programme director, said the solid waste management was the sole responsibility of the municipal corporations globally and solid waste needed to be transported to the final disposable site. PC Sanghi, federation chairman, informed the federation had decided to present a memorandum to the UT administrator to direct the corporation to arrange a door-to-door collection and segregation of garbage as was being done by other corporations/ municipalities, including Panjim, Suryapet, Pune, Kalyani, Delhi, Jaipur, Nagpur, Chennai, Ranchi, Hyderabad, Vellore and Mumbai.