BENGALURU: Despite differences between elected representatives and officials over solid waste management processes, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is working towards issuing work orders to contractors who had successfully bid for ward-wise tenders to collect wet waste at the doorstep and and dispose it of scientifically in quarry pits. After technical bids, financial bids have been opened now and most contractors have been found to have quoted 20% lower than the civic agency’s estimates in most wards.The BBMP had estimated that the tenders for all its 198 wards would cost Rs 435 crore. But tenders were opened only for 167 wards as the high court had stayed them in 30 other wards and no contractor bid in Devarajeevanahalli ward. Sources said around 569 contractors participated in the tenders and 442 of them qualified in technical and financial bids. The quotes from lowest bidders add up to Rs 308 crore. According to information pertaining to current garbage tenders available with TOI, the quotes have surpassed the BBMP’s estimates in three wards by more than 60%: Yeshwantpur (61.9%), Peenya Industrial Area (71.2%) and Kottigepalya (61.9%). The quotes are over 30% in excess of BBMP’s estimates in HMT (34.6%), Lakshmidevinagar in Rajarajeshwarinagar (34.6%), Laggere (34.2%), Prakashnagar (31.5%) and Sudhamnagar (33.4%) wards. According to civic agency engineers, many contractors have on average quoted 20% less than the BBMP’s estimates, the lowest being 39.6% in HSR Layout. Sources also confirmed the civic body cannot issue work orders to contractors who have quoted 5% more than the BBMP’s estimates. As per the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurement Act, the executive engineer who invites tenders will have to hold meetings with contractors who have bid more than 5%. “As per the Act, we can’t issue the work order and we will be inviting all these contractors for discussion. As a majority of the contractors have gone below 20%, other contractors will be asked quote below 20% less than the estimates or not above 5% more. If the contractors agree to it, then work orders will be issued to respective contractors or else the civic agency has to re-invite tenders in those wards,” said an engineer who is closely monitoring the entire tender process. Meanwhile, another officer said tenders where the bid is more than Rs 3 crore will have to be placed before the BBMP council while bids less than Rs 3 crore will have to be placed before the health standing committee for approval, only after which work orders will be issued. It may be recalled that in January this year, the civic BBMP had invited tender for door-to-door collection of wet waste, excluding dry waste and waste generated by bulk generators. The mayor and others had later opposed separate tenders for wet and dry waste, but city development minister G Parameshwara intervened and asked officers to go ahead with the tendering process. What will happen to wards where tenders are stayed? The high court had stayed garbage tenders in Radhakrishna Temple, Sanjaynagar, Ganganagar, Hebbal, Vishwanath Nagenahalli, Nagawara, HBR Layout, Banaswadi, Kammanahalli, Kacharkanhalli, Kadugondanahalli, Manorayanapalya, Gangenahalli, Jaychamrajendranagar, Lingarajapuram, Benniganahalli, CV Raman Nagar, New Thippasandra, Maruti Sevanagar, Sarvagnanagar, Hoysalanagar, Jeevan Bima Nagar, Jogupalya, Shantalanagar, Domlur, Konena Agrahara, Agara, Vannarpet, Neelsandra and Shantinagar. In these areas, the BBMP will continue to collect the garbage with existing contractors till the court delivers its verdict.