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Desired objectives & terms for tender for waste transport contractors   

What should be the objectives and terms for the tender for hire of vehicles for collection and transportation of waste?   Pl respond IMMEDIATELY as the tender terms are being finalised.  
Below are my quick thoughts:

1. All waste to be removed completely.
2. All waste to be removed quickly.
3. Different categories of waste to be treated separately i.e. collected, transported, disposed separately.
4. Costs to be optimised.  
Terms to thus incorporate the following:
1. Route planning is key to all of the above 4 objectives. Waste collection points, types of waste, types of waste generators, collection times, access restrictions, etc. -- all to be factored in.
2. While goal is to minimise waste generation, collection and transport via different initiatives, it is important to plan for + / - 50% increase in volume or weight of each category of waste in due course.
3. Planning to be thought through for each waste category e.g. dry, wet, mixed, construction & debris, silt, hazardous, biomedical,  fish/slaughter. Seasonal and festival variations also. Compost transport also?
4. Since contracts are for 5 years, flexibility in decreasing / increasing vehicles is important e.g.
    a) unit rates to remain unaffected with increasing or decreasing waste generation volumes.
    b) additional vehicle deployment to be possible quickly & at same rate, or pre-fixed rate.
5. While hiring is on per shift of 8 hours, per 80 km basis, there should be a minimum &/or maximum volume &/or weight carried per vehicle per trip. It should be contractor's explicit responsibility to ensure that all waste is removed. MSW Rules / Supreme Court guidelines to be met.
6. There should be appropriate penalties for not collecting quickly, completely, and separately (by waste type). NGOs / ALMs / CSOs / citizens to also have a role in feedback and monitoring. Penalties should not be so high that it increases the tender bid amounts. Should not be so low that it does not pinch. Should be punitive if same spot uncleared for a week. And, of course, very severe if flooding.
7. Route plans and timings to be publicly displayed - for citizen compliance, contractor monitoring, Cleanliness Task Force feedback.
8. Periodic review reports by MCGM-NGO Cleanliness Committee to be also a factor in reviewing performance of contractors, and in deciding route plans.
9. Tender terms to be fair and flexible for both - contractors & MCGM - with incentives to perform better, and no incentives to cut corners. Also, if rate increases 5% per year, penalty amounts to also increase 5% per year.
Dec 7, 2005

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