The civic body has proposed to purchase 1,400 garbage bins at a cost of Rs. 4.43 crore, which works out to Rs. 28,800 per bin.
However, corporators said the price for the bins was too high.
"The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) could get bins at a much lesser price. This is a waste of public money," said Vinod Shekhar, Congress corporator from Colaba.
Shekhar said, "As the ruling party in the BMC, the Shiv Sena does not have control over the administration."
An official from the solid waste management (SWM) department said, on condition of anonymity, that contractors always quote a high price when selling to the BMC. "In an open market the same bin is much cheaper," he said.
The city generates 6,500 metric tones of organic and inorganic waste daily.
The BMC spends over Rs. 250 crore a year for garbage collection and disposal. There are 5,800 garbage bins on 3,700 collection spots in the city and its suburbs and about 1,200 vehicles collect and transport waste to dumping grounds. Over 27,000 conservancy workers and contractors lift the garbage and deposit it at Deonar and Mulund dumping grounds.
"These bins are galvanized and cannot be damaged by corrosion. The price ranges between Rs. 27,000 to Rs. 31,000. So we are getting it at a competitive price," said Bhalchandra Patil, chief engineer of the SWM department.
"It is a one-year contract period and the supplier is to supply the bins as per our requirement," he added.
Rahul Shewale, chairman of the civic standing committee said, "The cost of the bins is just 2 % higher than last year's purchase rate. The cost is little high because of the galvanized steel. The bins last longer than a normal iron bin."