This is an ‘open’ letter to the Mayor of Chennai, M. Subramaniam.
And it has to do with the private agency which has been signed on by the City Fathers to clear and dispose garbage in four zones of this city. Neel Metal Fanalca.
We have a Mayor who is at work. Consistent, on-the-job and committed too.
So I hope he gives this issue more than passing attention.
Yesterday, in the city council, many councillors had only harsh words for this agency. Some of them wanted the Corporation to terminate this contract. Some others wanted stringent action.
The Mayor has promised to act - he says he will pack off Neel Metal from one of the zones where it operates.
Many people would tell him that he should pack them off for good.
Neel Metal has to go. Now.
This is a company that just did not do its job from the month it took charge.
It never learned from its mistakes. It refused to improve and it seems to be enjoying its contract despite criticism from all sides.
And so I wonder, and so do many others - how does the state tolerate such an agency?
Neel Metal is paid well for the job it has been contracted to do. It had lessons to learn, follow or adapt from Onyx, the private agency which did the same job in the earlier years.
But it has failed. Miserably.
The money that is paid to Neel Metal is from the money we tax-payers pay to the city Corporation.
It has to be accountable. But it has not been so.
How then does Mayor Subramaniam, who is so keen about the state of this city allow this agency to carry on with its shoddy work?
I do not think Neel Metal can be given a third chance.
So, Mr. Mayor, instead of packing it off from one zone, pack it off for good and please find a better alternative.