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Ruckus over mismanagement of solid waste dominates BBMP meet

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Bengaluru: Conservancy workers and potholes dominated the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council meeting on Tuesday, which was the first to be chaired by newly-elected mayor, R Sampath Raj.

Padmanabha Reddy, leader of the opposition in the BBMP Council, felicitated the mayor and his deputy, Padmavathi Narasimhamurthy, but soon moved on to say that accounts for the past one year had still not been shared with the council. Raising the issue of solid waste management, he said the number of Conservancy workers working in the city had been arbitrarily reduced and that none of the waste processing units was functioning properly.

BJP MLA CN Ashwathnarayan from Malleswaram referred to the alleged inconsistencies in the procurement of sweeping machines: “The BBMPwas supposed to buy self-propelled machines, but instead, it purchased vehicle-mounted sweeping machines. The latter are more expensive and of poorer quality than the other. They have spent Rs 27 crore on these machines, without getting the council’s nod,” he alleged. Opposition members demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

Sarfaraz Khan, joint commissioner, health and solid waste management, said, “We have not purchased the machines, and are only spending on their operations and maintenance. The total cost of the operations and maintenance is about Rs 89.37 lakh.” The mayor, however, said that the matter was with the Lokayukta.

Biometric attendance

Wednesday onwards, 10,000 Conservancy workers will be able to record their attendance using biometrics. “Of the estimated 17,000 Conservancy workers, we have got biometric details of 10,000.” Based on figures provided by contractors, the Palike had estimated there were about 32,000 Conservancy workers. However, it was found the contractors had also submitted names of auto and compactor drivers. “In places where they have not been registered, officials will look into the matter,” said Maitreyee Krishnan of BBMP Guttige Pourakarmika Sangha.

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