Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Bengaluru Development, Dr. G Parameshwara has said the government will be spending a whopping Rs. 50,000 crores to upgrade the city’s infrastructure.
The minister made the statement after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sweepsmart, a Netherland-based firm, to upgrade 10 dry waste collection (DWC) centres in the city. “The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has been spending 50% of its revenue on civic infrastructure. In a bid to support the corporation financially, the government during the last year sanctioned Rs 8,500 crore and in the current year Rs 11,500 crore. The government will support the Palike with Rs 50,000 crore in the next five years to ensure better infrastructure in the city,” Parameshwara said.
The minister said that the current waste crisis in Bengaluru was brought about by a change in the people’s mindset, saying, “Bengaluru used to be a cleaner city in the earlier days. But due to the change in people’s mindset in cleanliness issue, today the city is facing a waste management problem. We have to manage it somehow. We have been taking up various initiatives to ensure the scientific treatment of garbage at a maximum level. Also, ragpickers will be employed at DWC centres,” Parameshwara said. The total cost of the Sweepsmart initiative will be Rs 4.75 crore, that will include rebuilding, installation of equipment and design, build, installation and transfer model. While the government and the Palike will invest Rs 3.35 crore, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will spend Rs 0.7 crore and Sweepsmart company will be spending Rs 0.7 crore.
The BBMP and Sweepsmart have together identified 12 DWC centres, of which 10 will be finalised during the implementation of the project. First three centres will be launched in Kadumalleshwara, Kengari and combined centre in Nagawara and HBR Layout wards. Urban Development Department additional chief secretary Mahendra Jain, BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, mayor Gangambike, deputy mayor Bhadregowda, MLA of Mahalakshmi Constituency Gopalaiah, delegates from Netherlands consulate and others were present.