SRINAGAR: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is facing an acute shortage of manpower with officials stating it has sent approval to the concerned authorities to outsource the sanitation in Srinagar.
The officials said that SMC requires a total of 7000 sweepers, but it, unfortunately, has only 2700, which means the corporation is facing a shortage of over 60 percent shortage.
They said that with the shortage of manpower, sanitation has finally got affected, besides pushing the existing manpower to the wall.
“The amount of garbage being lifted per day has also increased as against a total of 300 tons per day, the SMC is lifting 650 tons of garbage every day from Srinagar including its outskirts,” the officials said.
They said that there is a need to increase the manpower to ensure that the sanitation is not affected and the safai karamcharis are not overburdened.
Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor SMC, Parvaiz Qadri, when contacted admitted the shortage of manpower, saying that such is the situation that the representatives from every ward are suggesting to go for outsourcing of sanitation process here in Srinagar as the fewer number of sweepers are not able to cater all the areas with corporation’s jurisdiction.
He also informed that the corporation has sent approval to the Executive Committee with regard to the outsourcing of sanitation in Srinagar—(KNO)