Mangaluru: JD(S) Corporator, Abdul Azeez Kudroli held a press meet at Hotel Woodlands here, on April 28.
Addressing the mediapersons, Azeez said, “Antony Waste Management (AWM) has been looting Rs 99 lakhs from the taxpayers every month. The AWM had signed an agreement with the MCC towards managing Mangaluru’s waste for 7 years. But some MCC officials have joined hands with the AWM and have been violating the terms of the contract.”
He said that the AWM is violating the contract terms by using old vehicles and by using vehicles registered under the former waste management companies, while the contract terms dictate that only new vehicles are to be used. “Some vehicles are registered in Nagaland and Maharashtra. These vehicles are running in Mangaluru without proper permits. We have brought this to the notice of the traffic department who have promised to take appropriate action,” Azeez said.
He further said, “AWM has no street sweeping machine and are fined Rs 3 lakh every month for this. But the MCC is paying them Rs 10 lakh every month for sweeping the streets. So the company makes Rs 7 lakhs profit for nothing.”
“We had raised the issue of term violation in the previous General Assembly and had sought to put a stay on AWM’s bill payments. Action should have been taken by the Mayor, but so far there has been no action initiated against the company and in this month alone Rs 2 crore has been passed as pending dues to AWM. If MCC doesn’t take AWM to task, we will approach Lokayukta and also take legal action,” Azeez said.
JD(S) District President, Mohammed Kunhi said, “MCC has failed to deal with the water problem and are holding meetings only for the sake of publicity. In the rural areas there is acute shortage of power as well.”
Corporator Rameeza, Youth JD(S) leader, Akshith Suvarna and others were also present.