Congress leaders on Tuesday came down heavily on the ruling BJP government over its failure to handle the garbage crisis in the city.
Former minister and Congress leader BK Chandrashekar said on Tuesday that collusion between corporators and garbage contractors only led to the crisis.
“BBMP commissioner Rajneesh Goel had stated openly in the court that there was such a collusion and that he was quite helpless. Mayor Venkatesh Murthy too said that chief minister Jagadish Shettar and home minister R Ashoka were not bothered about the issue. We have an extraordinary situation in the state,” he said.
That the BBMP is an autonomous body does not mean the government should ignore the problem. It is time Shettar and his ministers addressed it, he said. “I have come to know that the garbage crisis is the result of a cat fight between two ministers of the ruling BJP government,” he said.
Chandrashekar maintained that raising the fine from `10 to `100 would not help in ensuring segregation of garbage at the source. It has to be done after winning the confidence of the people, he said.
Chandrashekar said BJP MP Ananth kumar, representing south Bangalore, had not spoken on the issue. “Recently, his speech in Kannada at the United Nations made news. He should have spoken about the garbage issue,” Chandrashekar chided.
He said monitoring segregation of garbage in high rises, industries, big hotels and hospitals would make the job of waste disposal easier.
KPCC president G Parameshwar said he would appeal to the state governor to appoint an administrator to the BBMP after dissolving the civic body. “Despite court orders, the government had failed to clear garbage. This has severely affected the image of the state. The governor should act,” he said.
Veeranna Mattikatti, another Congress leader, said instead of solving the garbage crisis, the state government was engaged in a blame game.