The BBMP’s ambitious ‘garbage-free’ ward project, that was launched four months ago, seems to be hardly making a difference in any of the 22 wards covered under the project.
During the BBMP council meeting on Tuesday, Pattabhiramanagar ward Councillor C K Ramamurthy of BJP said, “There is no progress. Officials are sending monthly reports on garbage, but heaps of garbage is seen across my ward.” “Four months ago, the CM had launched the project and directed BBMP to make them garbage-free wards within six months,” he said.
Jnana Bharathi ward Councillor Govindaraju said though BVG India Limited has been given the tender to clear garbage in his ward, garbage collection has not been done for the past one year. “There are 1.5 lakh people residing in my ward. When we called for tenders, we had estimated a requirement of 180 pourakarmikas. But BVG had quoted lowest and the BBMP awarded tenders to them. There are only 30 pourakarmikas in my ward. How can one expect them to clean?” he asked.
Prof Nazni Begum, Councillor from Padarayanapura ward, said the contractor in her ward is dumping garbage in storm water drains.
Mayor B S Sathyanarayana assured that he will visit the wards soon.