Inquiry ordered into garbage scam

To appoint retired High Court judge

 
 The Opposition Congress insisted on a  CBI probe into the alleged Rs 254 crore garbage scam in the BBMP, but Chief Minister Yeddyurappa offered a judicial probe.

Both parties refused to budge from their stand, leading to a deadlock in the post-lunch session. As a result, the proceedings of the House was stalled. Efforts by the Chairman to find a way out by holding a meeting in his chamber also failed.

Earlier, leader of Opposition V S Ugrappa alleged that so far Rs 110 crore had been claimed by the garbage contractors without fulfiling conditions stipulated in the tender document.

The BBMP has awarded a three year contract to clear garbage -- between 2007 and 2010 -- at a whopping Rs 254 crore to 30 contractors. Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) headed by N R Nadamuni had submitted a comprehensive report on the irregularities in the contract.

He also alleged that BBMP health officials were hand in glove with the contractors.

Though the BMTF report has named erring officials, no action has been taken against them, he charged.

“Till the investigation is completed, all contracts should be cancelled immediately and contractors  blacklisted,” Ugrappa demanded.

Replying to the issue Yeddyurappa rejected the demand for a CBI probe. Instead, he said a retired High Court judge would be appointed for a judicial probe and involvement of about 33 health officers and 126 junior officials will also be looked into.

Though the CM admitted that the particular contractors had been bagging the BBMP garbage clearance contracts for the last 10 years, he said it is not possible to cancel the contracts immediately as there is no alternative plan for garbage collection. He, however, promised to call a fresh tender.

Amendment

Yeddyurappa also that the government had approved the purchase of mechanical sweeping machines to clean all the important roads in the City. On managing the garbage itself, the CM said that they had chosen two companies for the purpose of producing power using solid waste. The companies producing the power would be paying the Government Rs 27 for 1 ton of waste.

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