Bengaluru: BBMP contractors may protest over payment | Bengaluru News – Times of India
The city generates around 5,000 tonnes of waste every day. The Palike had proposed a separate board or corporation for handling garbage related issues
BENGALURU: Garbage contractors in the city have threatened to intensify their protest as the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has not paid them for the past seven months.
“BBMP is supposed to pay us Rs 2,800 crore. We protested on November 23 and were assured that payments would be released in 15 days, but the disbursal has not happened,” BBMP Contractors Association president KT Manjunath told STOI.
Though contractors have not specified how they plan to protest, sources in BBMP warned that the city could start stinking if there’s any disruption in daily collection and disposal of garbage. “We require money to at least fill fuel for vehicles that transport garbage. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for contractors,” Manjunath added.
The city, with a population of 1.2 crore people, generates around 5,000 tonnes of waste every day. What has compelled contractors to pressure BBMP to release payments is the recent announcement on deferring user fee proposed to be collected from citizens for door-to-door collection of waste. The urban development department (UDD) had earlier approved the Solid Waste Management Bylaws, 2020, which prescribed a user fee to cover the cost of providing specific service of solid waste collection, transportation, processing and/or disposal services as per the polluter- pays principle.
The Palike had also proposed a separate board or corporation for handling garbage-related issues and the funds that were to be collected as user fee would be routed to the board/corporation for efficient management of garbage.
BBMP officials admit that rolling back the user fee would affect the civic agency’s finances. When contacted, a senior official maintained that they are working on strategies to ensure there are no disruptions in garbage collection and disposal.
“The proposal to collect user fee has not been spiked, it has only been put on hold. We’ll reconsider the proposal as revenue mobilisation has become a challenge for the civic agency during the pandemic,” he added.