Bangalore’s outgoing Municipal Administrator suggests to focus on resource mobilisation

The outgoing administrator of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) TM Vijaya Bhaskar on Thursday said that the new mayor and corporators must focus on issues such as resource mobilisation, financial discipline, garbage disposal and maintenance of roads to rid Bangalore of infrastructure-related issues.

‘Will take over a year to clear pending bills’
Speaking with journalists, Vijaya Bhaskar said the BBMP has been reeling under financial problems and the civic body needs more than one-and-half years to clear the pending bills worth Rs 5,000 crore to the contractors. “We have succeeded in clearing the pending bills up to September 2013. We have approved the clearance of the pending bills from October 2013 to March 2014,’’ Bhaskar said.

‘Waste management units started at seven locations’
Stating that efforts were made to clear garbage in the city, the outgoing administrator said that the civic body had constructed waste management units at seven locations in the city and five of them have already been working. “We are managing 2,350 metric tonnes of waste through the five waste management units. To ensure that garbage is collected, I have made it mandatory for health officers to visit the areas at 6.30 am to supervise garbage clearance,’’ he said.

Revenue Collection

The administrator said various measures were taken to improve the revenue of BBMP and with these measures the BBMP authorities were able to collect Rs 1,363.90 crore during this year as against Rs 1,212.70 crore last year. “It is Rs 151.20 crore more than the last financial year. We have identified 38,697 properties that come under the property tax net and collected Rs 44.98 crore property tax from these properties,’’ he said.

Signal free corridor on the anvil
The BBMP is developing two signal-free corridors – From Nayandahalli to Silk Board Junction and from Indiranagar 100 ft Road to Hope Farm Junction – at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore. “The development of 268 roads at an estimated cost of Rs 417 crore is in progress. A proposal has been sent to the state government to take up new developmental works worth Rs 1,500 crore,’’ he said.

Bhaskar said the BBMP had taken measures to complete the pending works at crematorium for pets near Sumanahalli and an electric crematorium for the cremation of dead bodies at Mahadevapura. “The work on multi-storey parking facility has started at Freedom Park. The work on eight-lane road near Okalipuram has also begun. BBMP completed development work at Kittoor Rani Channamma Circle. The civic body has taken measures to find a solution for the pothole menace. More than 2,700 potholes have been identified and 24,249 potholes were filled up. Efforts are being made to fill up the remaining potholes,’’ he said.

Contractors being penalised
The outgoing BMBP administrator said that the contractors who failed to lift garbage on daily basis were being penalised. “We collected Rs 18 lakh as penalty from erring contractors and Rs 6.96 lakh from those who dumped debris on the roads. A few contractors were penalised (Rs 30.10 lakh) for failing to fill up potholes and Rs 83.53 lakh was collected from those contractors who failed to maintain street lights at various locations in the city,’’ he said.

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