Solid Waste Management Sector Reforms Fail to Take Off in City

Bengaluru – It is unlikely that garbage woes in the city will be resolved at the earliest as every effort intended towards introducing transparency and reforms in the solid waste management sector — be it introduction of biometric attendance for pourakarmikas or mechanical sweepers — is yet to take off.

Both Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike (BBMP) officials as well as citizens allege that this is because councillors cutting across party lines are stonewalling these measures.

Multiple attempts by the BBMP to carry out a foolproof audit of the 32,000 pourakarmikas on the rolls submitted by contractors to the civic body in May have been resisted by councillors, who officials allege are in favour of contractors. “We estimate that nearly 40% of the rolls are fake and duplications. The best way to weed them out is implementing biometric attendance, which will automatically clean up the rolls. Though the pilot has been very successful, there is a severe pushback to extending it across the city,” a senior official said. The pilot project is being carried out in Sarvagnanagar Assembly segment, represented by Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George. Senior BBMP officials confirmed to The Hindu that the average attendance in the wards in Sarvagnanagar segment has been less than 60%, indicating the scale of duplication.

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