If Swachh autos don’t turn up at your doorstep at your colony to collect garbage, you may have missed over 900 of them. They are suspected of using them for commercial purposes.
While the missing autos are yet to be identified, GHMC is paying an EMI of Rs 7,000 per vehicle.
The corporation has distributed 2,500 auto tippers under the owner-cum-driver scheme, each worth 4.5 lakhs. They are meant to lift 1,500 metric tons of trash from homes every day.
Each tipper picks up trash from at least 800 homes and charges Rs 50 a month.
After handing over the swachh autos, the civic body did not keep a watch on them. It does not employ an officer to monitor vehicles or fixed GPS tracking systems on them. As a result, beneficiaries are using them for commercial purposes.
Only 1,617 swachh autos arrived to collect garbage in August. Most of the time, an official said, residents threw garbage that was not collected by the roadside. Mosquitoes are trapping the worst rainwater.
A senior GHMC official on condition of anonymity said that the corporation recently conducted a field survey and found that 15 percent of automobiles were not reported for duty. He noted that some influential people took control of the vehicles. He promised to take appropriate action.
He said that the GHMC operates the sanitary supervisors responsible for pure autos and will set up reporting points in each zone for vehicles from 2 pm to 5 pm.