BBMP's wet waste tender hits poll hurdle

BBMP's wet waste tender hits poll hurdle

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The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) plan to collect dry waste and wet waste separately may not be implemented until the Lok Sabha elections are over due to the model code of conduct.

The BBMP had called ward-wise tenders to dispose of the waste, but the tender may not be awarded till the election is over.

The ward-wise tenders included the collection and segregation of wet waste, sanitary waste and street-sweeping waste and secondary transportation of segregated wet and street sweeping waste in all 198 wards.

But the BBMP is firm on approving the tender and start collecting the segregated waste from the source.

Speaking to DH, Randeep D, BBMP special commissioner said, “We will upload the tender again in the e-procurement portal with the amendment. We will seek the Election Commission of India’s permission before opening the dates to call tender.”

A BBMP official said there is a HC order that the tender on Solid Waste Management (SWM) has to be called in a “decentralised manner” and in “packages” for each ward. “The contractor who will successfully bid for the tender will collect the wet waste,” he said

The BBMP has also decided to penalise residents for not segregating the waste by introducing a new clause in the tender.