Rome, the maxi-waste of the Capitol to clean the empty booths of the brigade

Rome, the maxi-waste of the Capitol to clean the empty booths of the brigade
Rome, the maxi-waste of the Capitol to clean the empty booths of the brigade

More than outposts of the pizzardoni, who have always looked at them with the evil eye and visited them very little, are now pieces of urban archeology. Dilapidated, smelly, very shabby. Yet, according to the papers of the Capitol, should be polished, even on a weekly basis. To clean the cages of the traffic wardens, where in fact the agents have not dared to set foot for an abundant decade, the city administration spends the beauty of 250 thousand euros. Record figure, noted in a document dated 26 October, written by the single procurement center.

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Another pearl: for the cabins that no policeman uses anymore, very meticulous washing is foreseen, in theory: since the first contract with the cleaning companies, stipulated in 2015, the Municipality pays “weekly interventions”, for example “the washing of the support shelves Almost all uprooted. A painstaking work that judging from the results – the cabins reduced to micro-dumps or homeless beds, the broken glass, the rust, the stench – leaves no trace. Yet that’s the way it goes. The contract was even recently renewed, in May, as stated in the response from the plant to a question by Francesco Figliomeni of FdI. In total, it says in the papers, “from 2016 to today, an expense of € 224,613.68 has been incurred for these interventions, plus VAT”. So by adding the tax, the wall of 250 thousand euros is broken. A flood of public money poured into a service that no one uses, apart from a very small handful of agents, in a handful of positions (like the one in front of the General Command). The other booths, almost all of them, are deserted.


The 88 cabins, assembled between 2003 and 2004 complete with shatterproof glass, have never been liked by the bulk of the troops, so much so that they almost immediately ended up in the center of a trade union battle that dragged on for years. The first stop came from the Ministry of Labor, which considered the booths too skimpy for the agents to pass the shift. The Capitol opposed and in 2014 snatched a softer thread from the TAR, where it was essentially established that the booths, although not real “workplaces”, could still be exploited as “points of support” , to write or shelter from bad weather. Or from the summer heat: they immediately placed the air conditioners, in fact, with an adjoining contract for the maintenance of the systems. In 2016 alone, the Capitol paid out almost 70 thousand euros for ordinary and extraordinary maintenance of the air conditioners. Now the waste continues. And to think, concludes Figliomeni di FdI, “that these places should have been the first bulwark to which the citizen turns in case of need”. Instead, the citizen just pays.


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