Machines to collect garbage fee in Shimla

Tribune News Service

Shimla, September 26

The Shimla Municipal Corporation will soon introduce smart garbage bill collection machines.

"We have around Rs 10 crore to recover as garbage fee. With the introduction of these machines, we hope to recover the outstanding amount shortly. Besides, the payment of garbage fee will become quite hassle-free for consumers through these machines," said MC Joint Commissioner Ajit Bhardwaj.

Hassle-free payment

  • Smart machines will be a great help to people who can't come to the MC office or pay their bill online
  • The facility will be in addition to the existing mode of payments like online methods, Lok Mitr Kendras and over the counters
  • The payment of garbage fee will be hassle-free for consumers through these machines

Hope to recover Rs10 crore

We have around Rs10 crore to recover as garbage fee. With the introduction of these machines, we hope to recover the outstanding amount shortly. Besides, the payment of garbage fee will become quite hassle-free for consumers through these machines. — Ajit Bhardwaj, MC Joint Commissioner

The MC has collaborated with Axis Bank to procure these machines. "We have already received 20 machines and the remaining 16 will arrive shortly," said Bhardwaj.

Bhardwaj said Saheb Society supervisors would visit households with these machines to collect the fee. "These machines will be kept in the ward office where people could go and pay their bills. Apart from paying the fee, the consumers can also generate their bills through these machines," said the Joint Commissioner.

Bhardwaj said the introduction of these smart machines would be a great help to the people who can't come to the MC office or pay their bill through online methods. "The facility will be in addition to the existing mode of payments like online methods, Lok Mitr Kendras and over the counters," said Bhardwaj.

A couple of months back, the MC received garbage bills from just around 15,000 households out of the over 60,000 households. As a result, the outstanding amount has risen to over Rs 10 crore, leaving the MC in a tight spot for generating revenue for salaries and expenses of Saheb workers.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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