Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, who is also the district-in-charge Minister for Bangalore, cracked the whip on BBMP officials for mismanagement of solid waste disposal. Chairing a review meeting on Monday, Mr. Reddy gave them a fortnight to clear garbage in the city or face suspension.

Joint Commissioners of eight zones of the BBMP, chief engineers and senior officials were present. Speaking to The Hindu after the meeting, Mr. Reddy said two issues were being given priority: roads and garbage. “While roadworks have been going on, garbage clearance and disposal has not been happening effectively. Bills in the name of waste management are being generated, but no work seems to be happening,” he said.

Mr. Reddy also raised the issue of implementation of the ban on plastic of less than 40 microns.

“I have directed officials to close the factories of manufacturers, stop the inflow of such plastic from outside the State and cancel licence of malls or shops handing out such plastic bags,” he said. Officials said the Minister also directed the health and engineering departments to coordinate regarding waste segregation.

The matter of BVG, the company entrusted with waste management in Yelahanka zone, cropped up during the meeting.

Though the civic agency paid Rs. 24 crore to the company, it later slapped a fine of Rs. 1.25 crore for not doing the work well. However, BVG is said to have got a stay order owing to which the civic body cannot call off the contract, officials informed the Minister.