In a major setback for the garbage lobby and some corporators who had wanted to club wet and dry waste collection together, BBMP has, nearly 20 months after inviting separate tenders for wet waste garbage collection, decided to issue work orders to the successful bidders.
Sources said that in the backdrop of the High Court hearing on the issue on Wednesday, and the possibility of contempt of court, Mayor M Goutham Kumar and BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad on Friday decided to go ahead with the process of wet waste collection.
During the tenure of former Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun, tenders were called for wet waste collection in 45 wards. Her successor, M Goutham Kumar, wanted to scrap separate wet waste collection and club wet and dry waste collection together.
The successful bidders had filed a petition in the High Court challenging the Mayor’s decision. With BBMP delaying issuing work orders, the contractors filed a contempt petition in the HC.
Waste of Rs 350 crore!
BBMP had wanted to go ahead with wet and dry waste collection through a single contractor, which would have cost the exchequer Rs 700-1,000 crore. But by not clubbing wet and dry waste together, BBMP would be spending only Rs 350 crore towards disposal of wet waste. The civic agency would not have to pay a single rupee towards disposal of dry waste, which would be collected by authorised rag pickers and NGOs.