BVG India served notice for failing to take up work
The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is gearing up to present its stance before the High Court on Thursday even as the new garbage contractors are yet to roll up their sleeves and get down to business.
The BBMP has been monitoring the progress of the new contracts — or the lack of — it in its eight zones. According to officials, in many zones, the new contractors were yet to submit their implementation plan, let alone showcase to the civic authority the men and machinery they have mobilised. BGV India Ltd., which had bagged the maximum number of tenders, has not come up with its implementation plan nor demonstrated the resources mobilised for most packages.
In the East Zone, which has a maximum number of packages (21), three had been put up for re-tender. Ten packages had been bagged by BVG India Ltd. but the firm had not provided any implementation plan or demo. Of the eight other packages, some contractors had submitted their plan, while others had demonstrated the resources mobilised.
In the West Zone, again, BVG India had not presented any plan or demo for the 11 packages it has bagged. Of the four other packages, three contractors demonstrated their resources while one had submitted the implementation plan.
In the South Zone, of the 18 packages, two had been re-tendered. BVG had come up with men and machinery for two of the nine packages, while nine others had submitted their plans.
Officials said that of the seven packages in Mahadevapura zone, BVG had submitted plan for five packages, work order had been issued for one other package while one had been re-tendered. In the Bommanahalli zone, of the six packages, demonstration had been provided for only one.
In Dasarahalli zone, the new contractors had not provided any implementation strategy for three plans, while one had been re-tendered.
The BBMP has served notices to BVG for failing to take up work in Yelahanka Zone for five packages. Notices have been issued to three others in R.R. Nagar Zone. BVG, in a press release, claimed vested interests were intimidating its workforce in Yelahanka Zone.
The company had registered a complaint in this regard with the Yelahanka police. It said if this continues, it would bring in labourers from outside; it had agreed to appoint pourakarmikas attached to the old contractors only at BBMP’s behest.
Sites turn junkyards
With the garbage crisis yet to be resolved, vacant sites across the city have been converted to dump yards, raising health concerns.
The BBMP said it would clean these vacant sites and levy a heavy penalty (three times the amount spent on cleaning the site) on the owners.