If everything goes as per the BBMP commissioner’s plans, the Palike will do away with the system of awarding garbage contracts.
Addressing residents’ welfare association and apartment residents’ association members on Friday at ‘Wake Up Clean Up Bangalore,’ BBMP Commissioner Siddaiah said, “There is a problem with garbage contractors and at the same time, there is serious lapses on our side.” He urged the public to segregate waste at source.
“If we achieve 100 per cent segregation of waste, we can scrap the garbage contractors system,” he said.
Siddaiah said that the population in the city is around 1 crore. “Not many segregate waste. We cannot achieve it overnight and I have not come here with a magic wand,” he said.
Stressing that many apartment complexes are disposing wet and dry waste, only inerts are coming from these place which is just 10 per cent of the total waste they generate, Siddaiah said he is aware of garbage contractors rejecting to collect inerts.
“I will make sure it will not be repeated. I will hold my officials responsible to collect, transport and dispose inerts,” he said.
Dry Waste Centres at All Wards
Siddiah said they will set up dry waste centres in all the 198 wards. We have dry waste centres at 53 wards, another 60 are in the pipeline and we are looking for land in remaining wards.
“State government has allotted 74 acres land and we have set deadline to set up dry waste centres in the next three months,” he said.
He added that to give relief to Mandur and Mavallipura residents, the BBMP has started the process of procuring lands for processing units. “In the next three months, these units will be functional. By June 6 (World Environment day), we have to pledge to reduce waste by 1,500 tonnes,” he said.