Experts on TV channel panels criticised for giving ‘lofty speeches’

Mayor B.S. Sathyanarayana has said officials of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike lack commitment to solve the garbage crisis. If they are chided, caste politics comes into play, he added while speaking at the inauguration of the Bangalore Political Action Committee’s Civic Leadership Incubator Programme here on Sunday. Dwelling on the garbage crisis, Mr. Sathyanarayana said there are four projects in the pipeline and would be commissioned in six months time. “Once these projects are implemented, we will stop sending garbage to Mandur. We request the residents there to cooperate with BBMP until then,” he said, adding that if waste management projects are taken up at the ward level, pressure on landfills would reduce drastically. Efforts are on to identify sites to set up waste-processing units, he said.

Conceding that segregation of waste at source was not happening, he said the contractors were not cooperating with the BBMP. Underlining the need to educate contractors, health inspectors and assistant engineers, he suggested that B.PAC should conduct awareness programmes for them in batches. The Mayor criticised “experts” who participate in the panel discussions on news channels for “making lofty speeches but doing little for the city.

Mr. Sathyanarayana also called upon B.PAC to join hands with the BBMP and adopt its schools, parks, playgrounds and lakes under “Namma Bangalore, Nanna Koduge” programme. “We have already signed around 400 memorandums of understanding with various organisations. The programme will be launched by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on June 24 at Freedom Park.” B.PAC’s president Kiran Mazumdar Shaw said that they were ready to work with the BBMP on waste management projects, besides adopting a few schools.

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