Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Stink in BBMP garbage lifting

Stink in BBMP garbage lifting
By Satish Shile ,DH News Service,Bangalore:
In 2005-06, the Palike hired excavators and trucks to clear garbage dumped on the premises of the composting unit of the Karnataka Compost Development Corporation (KCDC) at Kudlu village on Hosur Road at a cost of Rs 12.69 lakh, though it had its own equipment.

Do you wish to hire a taxi by paying a higher price when you have your own car? Certainly not. The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) thinks otherwise.

In 2005-06, the Palike hired excavators and trucks to clear garbage dumped on the premises of the composting unit of the Karnataka Compost Development Corporation (KCDC) at Kudlu village on Hosur Road at a cost of Rs 12.69 lakh, though it had its own equipment. As per BBMP Chief Auditor’s final report for 2005-06, a copy of which is available with Deccan Herald, the Palike hired an excavator from contractor Krishna Reddy at the rate of Rs 1,600 per hour. The excavator was hired six times between September 2005 and October 2005, and the contractor paid Rs 7,87,200.

BBMP also hired three trucks and an excavator from contractor Gopinath Reddy to clear garbage in platforms of the composting unit from May 29 to June 27, 2005.The contractor was paid Rs 2.82 lakh for his excavator and Rs 2 lakh for trucks. For trucks, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike paid Rs 2,225 per day.

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike engaged the excavator for Rs 940 per hour although Krishna Reddy was paid a much bigger sum for the same equipment.

The chief auditor noted that there was no technical details defending the necessity of hiring private excavators.

Private vehicles
The report questioned why private vehicles were hired when the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike itself had sufficient number of excavators and trucks. It also raised objections to difference in payment made for hiring excavators.

According to payment vouchers, the trucks and excavators were used to clear garbage dumped on platforms of the composting unit.

Why on platforms
The auditor questioned “Why was the garbage dumped on platforms, and not at the designated place?”
Moreover, the Executive Engineer (Solid Waste Management) had not shown the place where the garbage cleared in the composting unit was dumped.

The auditor also wondered on what technical grounds exorbitant price for excavators was fixed.

1 Comments:

At Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 2:04:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading your blog, I feel it's some murky deal happening there..

Was all this information sought under the RTI? If yes, is it possible to escalate the issue and take up with lokayukta or concerned authorities?

 

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