Bengaluru to form a separate SWM body?

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is reportedly planning to submit a proposal to the government to form a separate board or entity for solid waste management in the city. The entity, an arm of the Palike, will prevent co-ordination problems the civic body faces with respect to other agencies involved in governance like BWSSB and Bescom.

Sources in BBMP told The Times of India it is spending a lot — Rs 1,000 crore — on waste management, which is only hindering its ability to build infrastructure across the city. The agency is getting only Rs 50 crore annually in form of tax for handling waste every year.

N Manjunatha Prasad, BBMP commissioner, said the new body will be formed to look into waste segregation alone. “Waste is a huge thing and it’s becoming very challenging for the Palike to monitor it. We would like to have a separate body for the purpose,” he said. “It will have its own experts to manage waste plants more efficiently,” Prasad said. He added Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had suggested this to improve management of waste. “Details of the entity will be revealed in a month,” he said.

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