BBMP contractors allege dictatorship attitude of Mrs. Tulasi Maddineni
BBMP commissioner assures to release pending bills
Bengaluru, Feb. 20: It appears that the days of BBMP special commissioner (Finance) Tulasi Maddineni is numbered and likely to be ‘shunted out’ of the civic body following a wide spread agitation by the various contractors’ association and joint action committee.
According to highly placed sources in the BBMP, the ‘highhandedness’ and ‘dictatorship’ attitude of the officer in releasing funds to contactors has been briefed to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and she is likely to be shunted out of the BBMP after the state budget, scheduled to be presented on March 4.
Speaking to BengaluruExpress, Joint Action Committee President S. N. Balasubramnyam said that grievances of various contractors including garbage contractors have been expressed before the BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta. He has assured to resolve the issue and has committed to release Rs. 250 crore pending bills in phased manner.
Collection and transportation of solid waste across Bengaluru city was stalled following the agitation by various contractors’ association and joint action committee members. However, the issue was resolved after the intervention of Mr. Gupta.
The issues faced by the contractors and ‘dictatorship’ attitude of Mrs. Maddineni will be brought to the knowledge of the CM on Monday. The contractors have invested their hard-earned money into various welfare, development and other activities. The BBMP is delaying in releasing the funds. As a result, contractors are under severe financial crunch. Repeated requests to release the funds have fallen on deaf ears, added Mr. Balasubramanyam.
Further, Mr. Gupta directed the officials concerned that-the collection and disposal of waste in BBMP jurisdiction is mandatory work and for this to happen systematically, the monthly prescribed service fee should be paid in time.