Bengaluru: A 45-year-old contractor allegedly committed suicide in his house in Rajajinagar 5th Block on Thursday night due to non-payment of dues by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
The police have identified the deceased as Mare Gowda. According to the police, Gowda, who also runs a travel agency, consumed poison. Family members found him unconscious in his bedroom frothing from the mouth. They rushed him to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.
The Magadi Road police found a note in which Gowda blamed BBMP officials. He had rented out a few cars to the BBMP, but the civic body had failed to settle his bills for over two years. He claimed that the BBMP owes him up to Rs. 37 lakh, said a senior police officer.
Caught in a cycle of debt
The BBMP is struggling to clear dues of contractors for works completed even two years ago. It owes over Rs. 1,000 crore to nearly 2,000 contractors.
“The civic body does not have the cash but neither has it taken the initiative to sort out this problem. Each month, the BBMP releases around Rs. 5 crore to clear old dues while bills generated amount to Rs. 60 crore,” said T. Venkatesh, General Secretary, BBMP Contractors’ Association.
The contractors allege that they had to pay bribe for release of small amounts.