Garbage clearance tendering process, which has been pending for nearly two years, may finally be reinitiated. A meeting of officials on Friday, chaired by Mayor Sharadamma Ramanjaneya, decided to split the garbage tenders and award them ward-wise. This will now be placed for a resolution before the BBMP Council. After the Council's approval, the tender process will begin.

It has been around two years since the old garbage contracts expired. The BBMP Council had earlier discussed whether the garbage tenders should be floated ward-wise for better solid waste management.

Homework first

The meeting has now decided to first quantify the amount of garbage generated in the city. Sources said that though the BBMP spent over Rs. 300 crore on solid waste management, there was no data on the actual quantity of garbage generated in the city.

Teams consisting of Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers have been formed and teams from one zone will go to another to quantify the garbage generated.

These teams have been directed to quantify garbage generated in 50 wards chosen randomly. The officials will have to collect random samples (household garbage, hotels and so on) and have been given one week to submit a report to the Commissioner.

Dry waste collection

Sources also said that the Commissioner has directed the zonal engineers to identify locations for the Dry Waste Collection Centres in each ward. The structures will have to be ready in these locations within two months. The meeting decided to include this, along with making garbage segregation at source mandatory, in the new garbage tender.

The new tender will also include establishment of biomethanisation plants in a phased manner across the city. In the first phase, 16 will be set up. In the second phase, 75 would be established, sources added.

Deputy Mayor S. Harish, Ruling Party Leader B.R. Nanjundappa and members of the Standing Committee for Health were present.

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