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Bangalore: An inquiry conducted by the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) has revealed that the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had paid garbage contractors though they had not completed up to 70 per cent of the work entrusted to them on a daily basis since March 2007.

The inquiry report said that according to the contractual agreement with the BBMP, the contractors had to take up 15 different tasks, but they had been doing only four.

Door-to-door collection of municipal solid waste (MSW), collection of MSW from markets and transportation of MSW, sweeping roads and removal of animal carcasses were the tasks the contractors had been doing, the report said.

What are the tasks that were given the go-by by the contractors? Cleaning the open roadside drains/mouth of shoulder drains from one end to the other end; to remove vegetation and weeds on roads, pavements and open roadside drains/mouth of shoulder drains; transportation of removed objects to designated locations; cleaning kerbs and medians; deploying manpower for clearing litter and carrying out mopping activities in earmarked areas; cleaning of earmarked public toilets, open urinals with water and spraying disinfectants; cleaning community bins, burial grounds, civic amenity sites; cleaning parking lots and toilets of BBMP owned buildings; collection of MSW dumped in vacant sites and transportation to designated location and removal of posters, according to the report submitted by BMTF Inspector General of Police N.R. Nadamani.

The report said that the medical health officers and health inspectors entrusted with the tasks of monitoring, supervising and ensuring cleaning of public places did not discharge their duties properly and approved the bills produced by the contractors.

The BMTF has asked the BBMP to recover Rs. 50.97 crore of the Rs. 101.95 crore paid to the contractors since March 2007.

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