BBMP fails to follow guidelines, expenses skyrocket

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A CAG report says that BBMP could have saved Rs. 8.2 million by adding waste plastic mix to road construction.

Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had to shell out more than Rs. 8.2 million since the municipal body failed to follow through on compulsory guidelines laid down for road construction.

 A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report published in 2020 noted that Rs. 8,217,177 was spent in buying an excess quantity of bitumen or asphalt, a material used in road construction, since the BBMP did not use the waste plastic mix along with bitumen in 15 of their road works in 2014-2015.

Furthermore, drawn plans for road work from 2016 to 2018 did not provide for the inclusion of waste plastic and as a result, seven road works were executed without any waste plastic. “This led to non-utilization of waste plastic and non-adherence to guidelines issued by the Commissioner,” said the CAG report.

Usage of waste plastic not only addresses the larger issue of single-use waste plastic disposals but roads made with plastic reduced pothole formation, were stronger and more resistant to wear and tear.