Finally, residents in the villages located on the fringes of the Diamond City will be able to live in a garbage-free environment.
Around 90 villages of Choryasi, Olpaad, Kamrej and Palsana talukas under the jurisdiction of Surat District Panchayat and Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA) will now be covered under the door-to-door garbage collection drive.
The district development officer (DDO) after the report’s publication ordered the taluka development officers (TDOs) and the district panchayat to set up the door-to-door collection drive in their respective areas and clear the garbage lying in the open grounds.
Official sources said five villages of Choriyasi taluka, located in the outskirts of the city, will be chosen in a pilot door-to-door garbage collection project for a month. Vans will collect the waste and garbage from residential societies and apartments and dump them at the nearest collection centre. The village panchayats have been asked to invite tenders from the agencies to collect garbage and dump it at the MSW site at Khajod.
DDO Vijay Kharadi told , “We are already running door-to-door garbage collection system in 52 villages under the district panchayat. Now, we intend to cover these 90 villages in the four talukas of the district. We have sought assistance from the Surat Municipal Corporation for the effective disposal of solid waste at the MSW site and at the collection centre.”
Kharadi said many villages in Choriyasi, Kamrej and Olpaad talukas have witnessed a phenomenal development in the realty sector. People from other states and those living in the city areas are shifting to the apartments and row houses in these villages. There was no proper system so far to dispose of and collect garbage from these villages.
Choriyasi TDO VC Bagul said, “The expense for the door-to-door collection will be borne by the respective village panchayats. Since the expense is huge, we will run a project on pilot basis in five villages.”