BBMP plans to hire an outside agency to help the SWM company

The New Bengaluru Solid Waste Management Company (BSWMC) plans to bring in an external agency to spearhead the implementation of some key projects.

Just like Infrastructure Development Corporation, Karnataka (iDeCK) was for Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BenSCL), the BSWMC will have its own Project Management Consultancy (PMC) firm in the form of a long-term association.

Such an agency was deemed important because BSWMC was spun off from the responsibilities of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). He is always in the process of hiring experts and resources. From preparing detailed project reports (DPRs) and cost estimates to overseeing the implementation of large projects, the PMC is likely to be the eyes and ears of the solid waste management company.

A senior BSWMC official confirmed that the new entity will be supported by the external agency.

“It will also save time as we will have easy access to consultants for support, suggestions, recommendations and different services including preparation of DPRs,” an officer said.

While the BSWMC argues that there is a need for such an external agency, the very purpose of the creation of a new solid waste management company by the state government is to have an internal team made up of experts and professionals instead of depending on consultants. The BSWMC, which currently includes officers and engineers from the BBMP’s solid waste management department, has yet to fill key ‘open market’ positions.

Bengaluru’s solid waste management, which includes the collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of around 4,500 tonnes of waste per day, costs around Rs 1,000 crore per year.

A large part of the expenditure is devoted to the collection and transport of waste from homes and commercial establishments. It costs around Rs 50 crore per month.

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