The Greater Chennai Corporation has finally evoked some response from the private companies to carry out conservancy works in 11 of 15 zones and the officials are hoping that the project will start in a month.
The 11 zones are segregated into three packages. Zones such as Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram and Ambattur are placed in one package, while Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur are in another package. As the existing private conservancy in Adyar, Teynampet and Kodambakkam ended, the civic body also invited bids for the three zones too. But the official refused to disclose the number of bids received for the three packages.
The three packages are worth around Rs 4,000 crore and the selected firms would collect and transport garbage for the next eight years.
However, the conservancy workers in the civic body are opposing the privatisation of conservancy works fearing loss jobs and are conducting several protests. Meanwhile, Arappor Iyakkam also raised the issue and demanded the civic body to cancel the tenders.