By spending more than Rs 400 crore on solid waste management every year, Bangalore stands first when compared to other Indian metros, said Yediyur councillor N R Ramesh.
Speaking at the council meeting, Ramesh said, a city like Bangalore, which has a population of 85 lakh, is spending Rs 400 crore on SWM every year. Mumbai that has over 1.9 crore population spends Rs 191 crore. Delhi with three corporations together is spending Rs 201 crore and Chennai, which has population of 90 lakh, is spending Rs 150 crore.
He said that out of 19 conditions in the old garbage tender segregation of waste, sweeping footpaths and other works, have to be done by the contractor. The contractors had failed to fulfil any condition.
The BBMP had entrusted the BMTF to probe the irregularities in the money spent on waste managament from 2005 to 2008. The BMTF, had recommended blacklisting 34 contractors. However, it was revoked when M K Shankarlinge Gowda was commissioner.
He said there are 16,800 pourakarmikas working under contractors. According to the statistics given by the contractors, there are 11,000 push carts, 2,794 tipper autos, 791 tipper lorries and 196 compactors. “Tell the contractors to display men and machinery that they have and you will know the reality,” he said.