Garbage disposal to cost City 350 crore

Garbage disposal to cost City 350 crore

The local body will have to spend Rs 350 crore for collection, transportation and disposal of garbage in the next two years, Home Minister R Ashoka said here on Monday.

Ashoka, who is also district in charge minister for Bangalore Urban told reporters that fresh tenders would soon be floated to award contracts for disposal of municipal solid waste in all the 198 wards of the Palike.

New guidelines would be framed to ensure transparency in the tender process. Two or three wards would be clubbed and offered as a package for tenders. The contractors would be required to dispose off garbage in a scientific manner, the minister said.

Auction of hoardings

The BBMP is also planning to introduce “on-the-spot” auctioning of advertisement hoardings in the City to replace the present tendering system. The new system through open bidding is likely to fetch the local body a revenue of Rs 150 crore compared to Rs 40 crore presently being collected from the advertising agencies.

Ashoka said the City would be divided into zones and a policy would be evolved to regulate advertisements and earmark locations for hoardings. Unauthorised hoardings including those on trees and fences would be pulled down. Advertisements on private buildings would not be allowed.

The Palike would provide Rs 3,000 each for 20,000 poor women to purchase sewing machines. Ashoka said the scheme of providing sewing machines especially for poor women had been in the doldrums for the last four years.

The BBMP will revive the scheme but pay cash to the beneficiaries so that they can  purchase the sewing machine of their choice.

Only those who have undergone one year training programme at the BBMP tailoring schools will be eligible for the scheme, he said.

The State government will soon write to the Centre with ‘evidence’ to prove its charge that Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD) was involved in anti-national activities, Ashoka said.

The Home Minister said that the police were in the process of compiling information on the “anti-social and criminal activities” of the members of the organisation. “Once we build the case against the KFD, we will urge the Centre to ban the organisation,” he said.

Members of the organisation were allegedly involved in the kidnap and murder of two students from Hunsur town in Mysore district.  All the six accused in the case had confessed that they funded KFD by collecting donations, Ashoka claimed.

The members of the organisation were also involved in the Mysore communal violence last year, he charged.

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