May 23

Waste management campaign next month

The Hindu, 23 May, 2003

BANGALORE May 22. The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) is all set to launch a comprehensive solid waste management campaign. The Chief Minister, S.M.Krishna, is likely to inaugurate the campaign in the first week of next month.

With the new garbage contracts coming into force from June 1, the Mahanagara Palike would ensure that segregated waste was collected from households on a daily basis, the Mahanagara Palike Commissioner, M.R.Sreenivas Murthy, said here on Thursday.

Addressing members of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), he said under the new contracts, the civic workers would collect waste from shopkeepers in commercial areas for the second time at 10 a.m. Night cleaning would also be done on busy roads in the City, he added.

He appealed to the people to segregate waste into wet and dry garbage. The workers would then collect the waste separately in different containers.

While dry garbage would be recycled, wet garbage would be used to make compost, he explained.

He said six firms had come forward to generate power out of garbage. The proposals had been sent to experts for evaluation.

The Mahanagara Palike would go online from next month for payment of property tax. Several property tax payment kiosks would be opened in the City. People could pay tax and even get a computerised receipt at the counter, he said.

The Mahanagara Palike would start work on developing the Central Business District and Cantonment Business District by the end of December this year.

The project had been handed over to consultants for preparing a detailed project report and they would finalise the report in the next three months, he said.

During the interaction, the FKCCI President, K.N.Jayalingappa, handed over a cheque of Rs.7.26 lakhs towards payment of property tax by traders.

The FKCCI Civic Affairs Committee Chairman, M.M.Harish, the Vice-President, B.S.Arun Kumar, and top Mahanagara Palike officers were present.