GUWAHATI: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has decided to increase the fees for collection of garbage in the city from Rs 30 to Rs 50 per month with effect from June.
Mayor Mrigen Sarania on Monday said that the hike in the monthly garbage collection rate is the first in around 14 years.
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor Smita Roy visited several areas of the city to conduct an inspection of municipality employees and the works done in various areas near the Uzan Bazar locality. Mayor Sarania said, "The employees, around 80-90 of them, are supposed to arrive for duty by 7 am. We divide them ward-wise for better efficiency. But today it is evident that they come late for duty. They come at around 10 am for duty, which is unacceptable," he added.
The Mayor said that because it is a labour intensive job, some delay may be expected, but anything more a couple of hours' delay is unacceptable.
He also warned the contractors who supply labourers to the GMC that such behaviour will not be tolerated.
The Mayor further informed that Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be given the responsibility for cleaning the city from the first week of June.