Upset minister raps passive BBMP

Upset minister raps passive BBMP

City in-charge minister Ramalinga Reddy gave Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials a dressing-down at a review meeting on Friday for their failure to improve the civic infrastructure.

The minister was unhappy with the City’s poor solid waste management, choked drains and damaged roads. He also took the BBMP to task for its poor rain preparedness.

BBMP Commissioner, M Lakshminarayana, sought to calm the minister’s nerves, informing him that the repair of roads had been entrusted to the Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL) at a cost of Rs 10 crore. Main roads and arterial roads would be repaired first followed by interior roads. Latest equipment would be used for filling the potholes, Lakshminarayana told the minister.

Besides, the BBMP had submitted an action plan of Rs 55 crore to the government on measures to avoid a repeat of May 31 when the City faced massive flooding. The sum would be spent on repairing drains, roads and providing relief and rehabilitation. The action plan includes revamping the disaster monitoring and management system.

On garbage, the BBMP commissioner said that a zero-garbage drive would be launched in 30 wards on July 1 and citizens would be encouraged to take part. Only segregated waste would be collected in these wards, Lakshminarayana said. If it worked well, the model would be replicated in all the 198 wards.

At the meeting, BBMP Joint Commissioner (South Zone) Trilok Chandra complained to Reddy about the BWSSB’s apathy, saying the latter digs up roads but never takes the pain to repair them.

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