Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George batted for waste to energy technology as a solution to the garbage crisis. He met solid waste management experts and volunteers on Wednesday evening in light of the recent protests by citizen groups on Sunday demanding an end to the ‘contractor mafia’.
The volunteers called for an end to ‘contractor Raj’ and batted for implementation of a micro-plan where 750 houses are grouped and made the responsibility of a vehicle and a pourakarmika.
Contractors remain vehement in their opposition to this suggestion.
The minister said that biometric attendance will be implemented in the next two weeks and direct payment for pourakarmikas in a month. “We have already eliminated contractors from the system. We will only take their vehicles and a driver on rent,” he said.
He expressed scepticism over compost-based waste processing centres. “Composting will take more than two months. There are protests by residents around the plants. Waste to energy is a better solution, as waste is incinerated and converted into power in less than 48 hours. Two firms have come forward to invest, with the government giving them land and drawing up power purchase agreements. This seems to be the best alternative,” he said.
Cleanathon on Gandhi Jayanti
The city's civic body has organised a cleanathon on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti, as part of the Inion government's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. “The cleanathon will be held in 100 wards to remove black spots. BBMP will partner with NGOs and organisations like The Ugly Indians, United Bengaluru and others for the campaign,” outgoing Mayor G. Padmavathi said.
BBMP will use ₹1 crore of the funds reserved for solid waste management for the reworking of these spots, sources said.
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