Bengaluru

Tenders to manage debris

Bengaluru has been facing a problem of construction debris being dumped indiscriminately.

Bengaluru has been facing a problem of construction debris being dumped indiscriminately.   | Photo Credit: Sampath Kumar G.P.

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The civic body, which has identified three new areas for the dumping of construction debris, will float tenders for their management.

According to senior BBMP officials, the new quarry pits in Kannur, Mylanahallu, Bettahalasur are all in north Bengaluru.

In the past, the civic body had designated three quarry pits where the debris was to be dumped, but already two – Bagalur and Mitaganahalli – have been levelled. The Bagalur quarry pit has been developed into a park and a waste-to-energy plant will be set up on a part of the site. “The Mitaganahalli site is currently being developed into a park,” an official said.

Sarfaraz Khan, BBMP’s Joint Commissioner (Health and Solid Waste Management), told The Hindu that there is a lot of demand for construction debris. Owners of private properties in low-lying areas are buying construction debris to increase the level of their land.

“The BBMP identified quarry pits so that construction debris is not dumped indiscriminately in the city. According to estimates, the city has generated over 2,000 tonnes of construction debris over the past three years,” he said.

He added that the BBMP had earlier floated a tender and a company had been chosen to manage the quarry pits. However, when the proposal came before the BBMP council, councillors had felt that the civic body may need at least three companies to maintain these pits.

“The companies usually run the debris through a series of sieves to segregate the material. Stones, sand and other retrievable material is reused or gets converted into manufactured sand while the rest is dumped in the quarry pit,” he said.

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