Sort out dry,wet garbage in wards,terminate all old contracts: HC

A bench of Justices N Kumar and B V Nagarathna asked the BBMP to get control of garbage contracts that are yet to awarded and experiment with waste disposal.

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore | Published: September 21, 2013 2:02 am

In a bid to fix the garbage disposal system in Bangalore,the Karnataka high court has suggested the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike to segregate dry and wet waste at the source,that is residential properties,in a few wards on a pilot basis.

A bench of Justices N Kumar and B V Nagarathna asked the BBMP to get control of garbage contracts that are yet to awarded and experiment with waste disposal.

The court said if bulk waste from flats and commercial places could be taken care of,then residential waste could also be disposed within the ward after segregation,instead of transporting it to land fills outside Bangalore.

The suggestion came after the BBMP informed the court that 50 packages of new garbage contracts for 105 wards had been awarded while 41 packages for 93 wards are yet to be granted due to legal disputes with the existing contractors,whose original contracts ended three years ago. And of the 41 packages yet to be awarded,15 have the BBMP as one of the contractors.

The court also questioned the BBMP’s practice of sharing contracts with private parties and suggested that the corporation exclusively take over some contracts and experiment with garbage collection and disposal. A shared contract allows the involved parties to shift blame on each other,which proves detrimental to the garbage disposal system,the court said.

The court suggested the corporation to terminate all old contracts that are still active on account of repeated extensions granted over the last three years as new contracts got entangled in legal disputes. “It is in the public interest that these people (old contractors) be thrown out. Take over. Let them stand in the queue and they will fall in line,” Justice N Kumar said.

BBMP commissioner M Lakshmiranarayana told the court that old contracts could be terminated in 24 hours but asked for some leeway in transition to new contracts to save the corporation several problems.

The judge responded,“Don’t look to the past for your performance today. Look at today,things have changed. Things used to be done in 15 days,now it is done in one day.”

The court also took on record a technical committee’s report on garbage disposal mechanisms such as bio-mechanisation which will save the trouble of create land fills for wet waste.

“The government giving 400 acres more for land fills is not any solution. We need technology solutions,”Justice Kumar said.

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