Bengaluru: BBMP to set up separate entity for waste management | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: With the garbage burden increasing, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will submit a proposal to the government to form a separate board/entity for solid waste management in the city.
The entity, an arm of the Palike, will prevent co-ordination problems the civic body faces with respect to other agencies involved in governance like BWSSB and Bescom.
Sources in BBMP said it is spending a lot — Rs 1,000 crore — on waste management, which is only hindering its ability to build infrastructure across the city. The agency is getting only Rs 50 crore annually in form of tax for handling waste every year.
N Manjunatha Prasad, BBMP commissioner, said the new body will be formed to look into waste segregation alone. “Waste is a huge thing and it’s becoming very challenging for the Palike to monitor it. We would like to have a separate body for the purpose,” he said.
The BBMP’s solid waste management cell collects waste from 29 lakh households with the help of 4,646 auto-tippers and 593 compactors. It has 27 mechanical sweepers and 587 mustering locations.
“With increasing population, the waste burden is also rising. BBMP is spending a lot of time and money on handling it, while other projects are taking a back seat,” admitted a senior official.
‘A welcome move’

Sandhya, a member of solid waste management round table (SWMRT), said creating a special purpose vehicle for SWM is a welcome move as it will facilitate creating a better administrative structure for responsive decision-making, speedy implementation of SWM infrastructure projects and better financial management.
“It will have its own experts to manage waste plants more efficiently,” Prasad said. He added CM BS Yediyurappa had suggested better management of waste. “Details of the entity will be revealed in a month,” he said.

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