The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is leaving no stone unturned to show Karnataka High Court judges that it has some systems in place to scientifically dispose of the garbage generated in the city.

A week ahead of the judges’ visit, BBMP Commissioner M. Lakshminarayan, accompanied by members of the expert committee on solid waste, visited the bio-methanisation plant at Kuvempunagar (ward number 11) and inspected processing facilities at Terra Firma plant in Doddaballapur on Thursday.

According to committee member N.S. Ramakanth, though the capacity of the bio-methanisation plant is five tonnes, only one tonne is being processed currently. “The capacity has to be increased slowly. The capacity can be increased to two tonnes after a fortnight. By the end of three months, the plant’s actual capacity can be met,” he said.

Mr. Lakshminarayan said that Terra Firma gets 500 tonnes of garbage (mixed waste) a day. The authorities there have now installed plastic processing units that produce low grade plastic, which can be used to asphalt roads.

Circular

Meanwhile, a circular has been issued deputing engineers from the BBMP’s Town Planning Department to monitor garbage clearance in the city. According to sources, both engineers and health officials will now be responsible to monitor garbage clearance at the Assembly constituency level.

The circular states that these officials have to be on the field from 6 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. every day. Attendance will be taken and the executive engineers concerned will have to release the salaries of the engineers posted based on the same and the reports submitted by them.

Stringent action would be initiated against those officials failing to attend their responsibilities, the circular stated.

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