Saturday, July 30, 2005

A cleaner city: BMP to take over KCDC

A cleaner city: BMP to take over KCDC
Deccan Herald

Commissioner Jothiramalingam sought co-operation from the councillors on waste dumping yards and the issue was discussed at length in the council.

In a bid to streamline and discipline Bangalore’s waste management system, the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike is seeking to take over the Karnataka Compost Development Corporation.

The BMP council on Friday resolved to approach the government on the issue. The BMP presently holds 26 per cent equity in the KCDC.

Raising the matter, Mr Keshavamurthy (Congress) noted that over the last few days KCDC has been picking hardly 5 to 6 tonnes of the city’s waste while it is expected to utilise as much as 600 tonnes of the daily waste collected in the City. Members cutting across party lines opined that the BMP can manage better independently.

Commissioner Jothiramalingam sought committed co-operation from the councillors on the issue.

Referring to the situation at Mavallipura under Yelahanka hobli where the BMP is seeking to set up a scientific landfill, the Commissioner said ‘We are facing a very hostile crowd (of local residents)’

A meeting with the elected representatives of Mavallipura is scheduled for Monday, it would help if the ruling and opposition leaders in the BMP council too attend the meeting along with the Mayor, he said.

He explained that should work start immediately, the landfill in Mavallipura can be readied by October. The government notification declaring a kilometre radius around the landfill as ‘no development zone’ is already issued, he observed.

The council was also informed that the BMP has sought from the State government a 178 acre plot in Kanakapura and another 2,00 0 acres in Ramanagaram to ready waste dumping yards that the city shall require 20 years hence.

Development work

Road development work worth over Rs 244 crore is in the offing in Bangalore City.

The tender process for it is billed for completion by September 15, Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Commissioner Jothiramalingam said on Friday.

The tender notification is likely to be out by August 5, he said.

The development of roads with median, foothpaths and ducts for OFC cables through a Rs 101 crore assistance from the World Bank, development of major roads through the Rs 50 crore provided in the BMP budget and Rs 30 crore worth ward-wise works on strengthening the roads prone to heavy traffic will figure prominently in the said tender process.


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