Palike's waste-to-energy project awarded to 'non-performer'

Commissioner cites High Court direction, corporators oppose the move

The special meeting of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Council on Friday resolved to re-award the project of converting waste to energy to Organic India Private Limited amid opposition from the members of the ruling and Opposition parties.

Leader of the Opposition, M K Gunashekhar, sought to know the reason for allotting the work to the same firm which was entrusted with the job three years ago, but had failed to deliver. He said the firm had furnished wrong information for its failure.

Voicing similar concern, T Thimme Gowda, JD(S) member said the company had only constructed a compound wall and had not executed any work in accordance with the tender conditions. He sought to know the rationale of awarding the work to the same firm.

Padmanabha Reddy, another JD(S) corporator, said the firm had even failed to obtain a no objection certificate from the local panchayat.

Congress corporator M Nagaraj alleged that the officials were under pressure to allot the project to the firm. B S Satyanarayana and B V Ganesh, both from the ruling party too were against allotting the project to the same company.

BBMP in-charge Commissioner Siddaiah said that while former commissioner Shankaralinge Gowda had passed orders for terminating the contract, the High Court directed the Palike to give a second chance to the company.

“The directions of the High Court have to be followed. The firm will process 1,000 metric tonnes of waste,”said Siddaiah.

He said the company will be allotted 25 acres of land of which 15 acres will be for processing waste and 10 acres for generating power from waste.

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