Plaint in court over 'flaws' in waste disposal

A fresh complaint has been filed in the Special Lokayukta Court alleging mismanagement of solid waste disposal by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

Judge N K Sudhindra Rao posted the matter to December 3 for orders.
The complaint, filed by former Mayor P R Ramesh, alleged that five landfills were notified for the purpose of establishing an integrated municipal solid waste management unit by the government in 2004.

The government notified the buffer zone of one kilometre or a no development zone in order to prevent mushrooming of development around these areas.

But in 2007, the government reduced the buffer zone to a radius of 50 metres and the area in a radius of 200 metres was identified as sensitive area, the complaint alleged.

The protests and other related problems are mainly

because of the reduction of buffer zone and improper management of landfills, Ramesh said.

Violation

He alleged that tenders were invited on September 18, 2012 for the purpose of disposal of solid waste, indicating that employees and vehicles were required for clearing solid waste in BBMP areas, ward-wise. However, requirements for the tenders were later changed in violation of the Transparency Act, to help vested interests, the complaint said.

This included changing the coverage area per auto tipper and excluding public participation in the waste disposal process. Ramesh has listed BBMP Commissioner Rajneesh Goel, Chief Engineer of Solid Waste Management Ananthaswamy, Principal Secretary, Urban Development Amita Prasad and others as accused.

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