Global tenders to be invited to find a suitable solution

Balachandra Jarkiholi, Minister for Municipal Administration, said on Thursday that global tenders would be invited for a suitable technology for the management of solid waste in urban areas.

Responding to presspersons' queries after participating in the Republic Day function at the district stadium here on Thursday, Mr. Jarkiholi said that management of solid waste had become a major challenge and the efforts made earlier, with several agencies entrusted with the task, had not served the purpose effectively.

“Whenever an agency came up with a proposal, the Government allotted land and funds. But all the agencies have withdrawn from the project midway. Based on experience and apprehending a serious threat of pollution and to prevent the Supreme Court from taking a serious view of the matter as it had done in the case of illegal mining, we want to initiate appropriate steps in this regard,” he said.

To a question, he said that the matter was under serious consideration of the Government and the process of inviting tenders would begin soon.

Development grants

Mr. Jarkiholi said that the a major chunk of the budgetary allocation to the Directorate of Municipal Administration was being used to meet establishment expenditure, and it was hardly left with any funds for development projects. “During 2011-12, a sum of Rs. 2,200 crore was provided for municipal administration. More than 50 per cent of this went for salaries and establishment expenditure, and over 20 per cent had to be earmarked for electricity charges.

The remainder was not enough for development activities. Keeping this in view, the Chief Minister will be asked to allocate about Rs. 15 crore for city municipal councils, Rs. 5 crore for town municipal councils, and Rs. 3 crore for town panchayats, so that some development activities can be taken up. I hope the Chief Minister will respond positively,” he said.

When his attention was drawn to the shortage of staff, particularly technical staff, in the city corporation, which had severely affected routine schemes, especially in the health sector, Mr. Jarkiholi said that he would take up the matter with the Urban Development Department and get sanction for filling vacant posts.

“I think the elected representatives here are in a hurry to get the city municipal council upgraded to a city corporation without getting sanction for additional staff and approval for recruitment,” he said.

Airport

On the prospects of establishing a new airport here in the wake of the Karnataka High Court quashing the notifications issued by the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board, Mr. Asnotikar directed Deputy Commissioner Amlan Aditya Biswas to reply. Mr. Biswas said that the Government was planning to appeal against the High Court order.

Parvathi Indushekar, Mayor; Aruna Thippareddy, president of the zilla panchyata; and K.A. Ramalingappa, chairman of the Central Relief Committee, were present.


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