BVG India Ltd., an agency which has bagged 50 of the 89 tender packages for collection and transportation of garbage in the city, on Wednesday, informed the Karnataka High Court that it was “being prevented from starting garbage collection and clearance task.”

The agency’s counsel made submissions in this regard at the hearing of petitions filed by old and existing garbage contractors challenging the validity of tender floated by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) through which the agency and other new bidders secured the garbage contract.

‘Withheld salaries’

The counsel said the petitioner-contractors did not allow contract-pourakarmikas to join their agency and had withheld their salaries for a few months, further threatening them that they would not get salary if they joined BVG India Ltd. It was also claimed by the agency’s counsel that the petitioner-contractors had withheld the salaries of contract pourakarmikas since the BBMP floated the tender.

Complaints

It was further informed to the court that when BVG India Ltd. commenced work in some areas, their vehicles were burnt and drivers threatened. Police complaints in this regard were registered, it said. The counsel claimed that the agency had commenced work in many areas and was prepared to take up work in some more areas.

The agency claimed that on one hand the petitioner-contractors were creating trouble for it and on the other, BBMP had been issuing showcause notice for cancelling the contract for failing to start work.

However, the BBMP counsel claimed that the agency had failed to demonstrate the men and machinery to carry out work as per the tender conditions.

A Division Bench comprising Justice N. Kumar and Justice B.V. Nagarathna adjourned further hearing to Thursday.


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