news Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 05:30
Anisha Sheth | The News Minute | June 12, 2014 | 11.38 am IST The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike may be all set to organise a foreign trip to Dubai, to “learn” about solid waste management from a Swiss-based company which handles waste disposal in the West Asian city. Speaking to The News Minute, Mayor B S Satyanarayana said that the BBMP was consulting with the San Francisco local authorities and with a Swiss-based company in Dubai, to come up with solutions to deal with the accumulated solid waste at seven landfills in and around Bangalore. Asked why it was necessary to seek help from outside when the BBMP itself had formed its own Technical Expert Committee to try and find a solution, Satyanarayana said: “We have an MoU with San Francisco (authorities) for education, garbage and other things. What is wrong in taking help from them?” He said that the BBMP had contacted firms and local authorities abroad, who would make online video presentations for the BBMP.  In May 2013, the Technical Expert Committee had submitted a report to the BBMP assessing the problems in the current waste management system and also suggesting measures to correct faulty practices. A member of the Technical Committee who wished to remain anonymous, told The News Minute that he did not know what had happened to the report. Asked about this, Satyanarayana said: “Let the expert committee only come and solve this. It is easy to talk, but the practical realities are different.” He maintained that if they were invited to visit any country in order to inspect a system of solid waste management, there was nothing wrong with it.  One still wonders, why a Technical Committee was appointed and more than 200 sittings held, if the ultimate result was the seeking of outside help. Prohibitory orders continue to be imposed in the village of Mandur, preventing them from meeting to decide the future of course of action. The Mayor has said that prohibitory orders would likely be lifted in a few days time, after the chief minister visits the village.

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