Mayor Gangambike is clueless about Palike’s tender for one lakh jumbo bags, 2,000 pushcarts for pourakarmikas One of the reasons why street waste is left behind in mounds, only to be scattered again as soon as the pourakarmikas (conservancy workers) sweep the street, is because they don’t have equipment to collect and transport it to its destination. But necessity is the mother of invention. And you’ve seen this with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) pourakarmikas who show great ingenuity in creating DIY makeshift carriers for street waste, in the absence of garbage bags. Some days it’s plastic mats, on which street waste is deposited and pulled like grounded magic carpets to their destination. On other days, it could be discarded cardboard cartons or pushcarts, to transport leaves, bottles, paper, and other things that people throw on the street. However, this could soon be a thing of the past. The BBMP is working on a mega plan to procure one lakh jumbo bags for collection of street waste in Bengaluru. On Friday, the BBMP floated a tender to submit Expression of Interest (EoI) to supply one lakh jumbo bags and 2,000 pushcarts. The last date for submission of EoI is June 15. However, Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun is in the dark about this plan to procure one lakh jumbo bags. “I am not aware of the plan. There are around 15,000 conservancy workers but I don’t know what the Solid Waste Management (SWM) department will do with one lakh jumbo bags. It is a waste of money. I will enquire with the officials concerned,’’ says Gangambike Mallikarjun. According to Sarfaraz Khan, BBMP Joint Commissioner (Solid Waste Management), the BBMP has decided to procure jumbo bags since the conservancy workers are reluctant to use the pushcarts. “These bags are not expensive. Each of the bag can be used for 20 to 30 days to collect street waste,’’ says Sarfaraz Khan.
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