According to reports, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has offered to provide technical assistance to members of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) and the Bruhat Bangalore Hotels’ Association (BBHA) to set up biogas units or compost pits on their premises.
Commissioner Rajneesh Goel and Mayor D. Venkatesh Murthy met members of both associations on Thursday. Mr. Goel said that the BBMP has tied up with the Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board for technical support. He urged the CREDAI members to set a deadline for themselves to install units to process waste generated within their buildings.
“The developers and apartment owners are required to set up waste disposal mechanisms in their projects (that have come up after 2006). It is based on the condition that Occupancy Certificate was given; we are now urging them to install these systems as per their own declarations.”
The BBMP would be organising a workshop on the different technical solutions available on October 28.
CREDAI president Sushil Mantri said in two months’ time, apartment owners would be able to have systems in place provided there is technical support from the BBMP and the board.
Mayor Murthy pointed out the CREDAI members had earlier agreed to adopt some slums and take up junction improvements in the city. “I hope that they remember the promises they had made towards helping the BBMP develop the city,” he said.
The BBMP had earmarked Rs. 5 crore in the budget for the construction of eight towers in different parts of the city. “As the funds are insufficient, the CREDAI should help with construction for which the BBMP will provide the design.”
Later, at a meeting with the hotel owners’ associations, Mr. Goel said of the 4,000 tonnes of waste generated every day, nearly 1,500 tonnes comes from bulk generators. “It is imperative that the latter manage the waste that they generate. We can no longer dump garbage in someone else’s backyard.” Installing waste management systems is not expensive, he said. “There are many options available now. Bulk generators will be able to recover the investment in just two years.”