Garbage cess may head northwards

The BBMP would not lift garbage from the City, said the Palike Commissioner M K Shankarlinge Gowda.

Reacting to the KSPCB order to close down Mavallipura landfill, he said, the Palike will not be able to clear 700 tonnes of municipal solid waste that it used to send to the Mavallipura landfill.

“Hiking garbage cess will become inevitable, as waste will have to be transported to other landfills in far-flung areas,” said Gowda.

Once the order is implemented, commercial establishments, hotels, convention centres and marriage halls will have to bear the hike in garbage cess.

At present these establishments pay anywhere between Rs 2,000 and Rs 5,000 as garbage cess per month.

While people residing on sites measuring above 2,000 sqft pay between Rs 30 and Rs 50 every month. The garbage cess will have to be doubled if the KSPCB sticks to implementing the order.

As an immediate measure, the BBMP will send garbage to the Terrafirma Biotechnologies Limited at Doddaballapura for disposal.

“Terrafirma is far away and we may have to spend more money on transporting the waste. We will have to mobilise more resources in addition to revenue generated from collecting garbage cess,” said Gowda.

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