GPS a must for pay-day: BBMP’s 2021 resolution

Palike makes it mandatory for contractors to install GPS in auto tippers for transparency

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike

(BBMP) is yet to implement the much-needed mechanism of garbage collection from every house, despite contractors allegedly using auto tippers meant for one ward in another. The BBMP Commissioner, in a meeting held on November 30, made it clear that no payment should be made for the contractors based on manual attendance register from January 1, 2021.

“It is mandatory for all the first and secondary vehicles engaged for transporting garbage to have registration number and fitness certificates. Payment should be made to the contractors based on the attendance notified through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Global Positioning System (GPS),’’ the BBMP Commissioner said during the meeting.

As per BBMP norms, one auto tipper is needed to collect garbage from 750 households and is paid Rs 56,000 per auto tipper, per month. Till date, the BBMP has managed to map 363 auto tippers in 138 wards as against 116 auto tippers in 60 wards where new tenders were floated for garbage collection from every household. Tenders are yet to be floated in a majority of wards where the BBMP is finding it tough to monitor the movement of auto tippers; namely Rajarajeswari Nagar, Bengaluru East and West Zones.

To make sure that auto tippers from one ward are not being deployed at another, we need to track their movement­

–Randeep D, BBMP Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management)

“The commissioner has made it clear that all auto tippers have to be equipped with GPS and all the auto tippers have to be mapped to the fleet management software (FMS) from January 2021,’’ confirmed a BBMP Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) Randeep D.

“To make sure that auto tippers from one ward are not being deployed at another, we need to track their movement,’’ he added.

Last year, the Aam Aadmi Party had announced its plan to lodge a complaint with Anti Corruption Bureau against looting of tax-payers’ money by garbage contractors.

Describing garbage collection and disposal as a gold mine for unscrupulous contractors, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Bengaluru president Mohan Dasari has said the BBMP spends Rs 1000 crore in the name of garbage disposal, which is just filling up the quarry and poisoning the water and soil. “The AAP has exposed an Rs 89-crore auto tipper scam in the BBMP 18 months ago. It was Congress and JD(S) then, now it is BJP. Political parties change but the corruption continues,’’ said Mohan Dasari.

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