Garbage issue echoes in Assembly, MLAs blame Palike for debacle

Garbage issue echoes in Assembly, MLAs blame Palike for debacle

The City’s garbage disposal issue resounded in the Legislative Assembly on Monday with members cutting across party lines highlighting the problem.

They demanded the State government to take immediate and concrete measures to find a permanent solution.

While some members explained the nexus between garbage contractors and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials, others gave suggestions on steps needed to be taken to deal with the problem. Most of those who spoke were MLAs from Bangalore.

Former chief minister and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy alleged that the BBMP officials were systematically spiking all projects proposed to dispose garbage scientifically.

A number of companies had come forward to process garbage, but the BBMP officials discouraged them all, he added.

Former mayor Shar-adamma’s effort to emulate Mumbai model met with the same fate.Even the chief secretary had admitted that a mafia was behind the problem. Unless steps were taken to end the mafia, all efforts will be in vain, he said.

Aravind Limbavali said (BJP) some many firms were flourishing  in the name of garbage processing.

A case in point, he said, was a firm called Gayatri Srinivas, which made use of the BBMP allotted land, raised Rs 80 crore and invested in some other business in 2008.

The BBMP has allowed the firm to use its land as collateral to raise money.

However, the firm is yet to start the work, he alleged.

Congress' N A Haris, who raised the issue, strongly advocated the need to ban plastic. Besides, the government should treat disposal of garbage as an industry.

Steps should be taken to set up waste processing units. Once waste is processed, a lot of companies will come forward to buy it, he said.

BJP’s Dr Ashwathnarayana said the garbage contractors fixed by the BBMP were supposed to dispose the garbage scientifically at sanitary landfills.

But the contractors have recklessly dumped the garbage.

No action has been taken against them, he added. The government is yet to reply to the debate.

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