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AAP and BJP discuss landfill cleanup

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On Saturday the AAP claimed a 180 million rupee corruption in the mechanical cleaning of the overflowed landfills here by the city’s municipal corporations governed by the BJP, a charge rejected by the saffron party.

At a press conference here, AAP leader Durgesh Pathak claimed that the BJP is spending 180 million rupees cleaning up the landfills, a task that could have been completed in 8.5 million rupees.

“On each and every page of the MCD’s own audit report, it has been observed how the MCDs run by the BJP have indulged in corruption in the name of cleaning up these landfills,” said Pathak. He said the Aam Aadmi Party demands that Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta, MP Gautam Gambhir and the three mayors of municipal corporations clear up this “massive scam”.

Reacting to the charges, Delhi BJP spokesman Praveen Shankar Kapoor said he is saddened that the Aam Aadmi Party has chosen to start the New Year with a “blatant lie” about Trommel machines used in landfills.

“AAP spokesman Durgesh Pathak has alleged that DCMs are indulging in a scam with Trommel machines by signing a five-year lease, which is a lie. Second, Pathak says that the Trommel machine costs around 17 lakhs, which is also a lie. Trommel contracts are renewed annually with EDMC and others. Therefore, there is no logic to calculate on a five-year basis as Durgesh Pathak does today, ”he said.

The trommel machine costs Rs 52 lakhs, which can be verified by the market, and the MCDs have hired them at 6 lakhs per month, including full use and maintenance costs, he said.

Each machine operates 24 hours a day with a driver and operator on each machine working in 3 shifts. Apart from this, it has oil costs and high maintenance costs that are borne by the supplier company, he said. The company must provide operational Trommels 365 days a year. Operating expenses for each machine are more than Rs 5 lakhs a month, he added.

Kapoor has said it would be best if AAP leaders collated the facts before making “politically biased” accusations against the DCMs.

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