Express News Service
Bangalore: Six people, including five officials and a contractor with Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), on Tuesday had to face action for uncleared garbage in the East zone.
District Minister R Ramalinga Reddy ordered the suspension of a Medical Officer of Health (MoH) and four BBMP engineers were ordered to be sent back to their parent departments. BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana imposed a fine of `1 lakh on a garbage contractor.
Reddy, along with the BBMP Commissioner, Mayor B S Sathyanarayana and other BBMP officials, inspected various places in the East Zone.
At East Road in Austin Town, garbage including poultry waste, was thrown in an open storm water drain, resulting in foul smell. At Yarappa Garden in Agaram Ward, heaps of garbage were seen next to the BBMP school. Garbage was also seen on the streets at Honnarpet, close to Agaram Ward.
After noticing all this, the Minister directed that three BBMP engineers, including Executive Engineer (Shantinagar division) Narasimharaju, Assistant Executive Engineer (Domlur sub-division) Linganna and Assistant Engineer (Agaram division) Mohan Kumar be sent back to their parent departments.
During the inspection, the Minister and team also noticed heaps of garbage at HAL 2nd Stage and Indiranagar. Reddy ordered MoH Dr Sangamitra be suspended. Further, at Dickenson Road near Ulsoor, they saw uncleared garbage at 2 pm. Irked by this, Commissioner Lakshminarayana imposed a penalty of `1 lakh on Nanda Kumar, garbage contractor. Narasimha Murthy, another engineer at Ulsoor, was also ordered to be sent back to his parent department.
Reddy told reporters that during a meeting on May 5, he had directed the BBMP officials to clear the garbage in 15 days. “But, the officials failed to do so. People are suffering because of them. I have been telling them to keep the city clean for the past one year. After the BBMP Council meetings, I shall inspect other zones too,” he added.
The Mayor, who blamed officials’ lethargic attitude, said the health officials were aware about the poultry shops in their wards. “This means they also knew where the shopkeepers dump the poultry waste,” he said. Action will be taken against such officials, he added.
Mandur Villagers to Stop Trucks?
More than 20,000 people from Mandur and surrounding villages are expected to block garbage trucks that are being sent to Mandur landfill sites. Shridhar, a resident of Mandur, said, “When Siddaiah was BBMP Commissioner, he had given a letter that they shall not send waste to Mandur from June 1, 2014. We are planning to stop vehicles.”
‘We Are Ready for Monsoon’
BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana said that the BBMP is geared up to tackle any incident during monsoon, which is round the corner. “We have identified 25 locations where there are storm water drain blockages. It shall be cleared within a month. Also, drains up to 400 km in length have been desilted,” he said, adding that they have enough men and machinery to tackle monsoon woes.