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Siddaiah wants ‘unwieldy’ BBMP trifurcated

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He says his second stint as Commissioner was more satisfying

Handing charge:Outgoing Commissioner congratulates the new incumbent, M. Lakshminarayana, at the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike head office on Friday.— Photo: k. murali kumar
Handing charge:Outgoing Commissioner congratulates the new incumbent, M. Lakshminarayana, at the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike head office on Friday.— Photo: k. murali kumar

Scores of employees of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) gathered in the office of the Commissioner to bid farewell to Siddaiah, who retired on Friday. While some came with bouquets, others came with Mysore peta, garlands and shawls.

Claiming that his second stint as Commissioner was more satisfying, Mr. Siddaiah said he was only disappointed when an honest official was berated in the council meeting and when one of the staff members was assaulted allegedly by a councillor. He said the new Commissioner must first strengthen the Technical Vigilance Cell and ensure that an honest official was posted to head the crucial team.

Speaking about the various measures taken to solve the garbage issue, he said from June 5, 100 tonnes of segregated waste would be processed by Organic Waste India Pvt. Ltd. in 21 wards in the city, and the zero garbage programme would take off.

On a trial basis for two months, two agencies — Ramky and Maridi — will lift sanitary waste from designated points, including household sanitary waste.

They will process it by incinerating it. This is being done for free.

With assurance from the government, the BBMP had convinced the residents of Mandur to accept waste from the city for another year, by which time alternative arrangements would be put in place.

“Earlier it was nine months. We persuaded them by promising regular water supply and improving infrastructure.”

Mr. Siddaiah said the BBMP had become unwieldy and needed to be trifurcated on the lines of the Delhi corporation. “It is my personal opinion and I have also apprised the Chief Minister. It is now up to the government to take a decision.”

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