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To: Sarfaraz Khan, Joint Commissioner, BBMP


1. Enforce the ban on open garbage burning in Bangalore
2. Enforce stricter penalties on garbage burning offences.

Why is this important?

Sadly, Bangaloreans can no longer brag about the ‘natural air-conditioning’ in the city. The summers are getting hotter and hotted with garbage burning adding to it. After the lockdown, has noticed that there has been a rise in garbage dumping and burning in Bangalore. Members have been sharing photos and news of these offenses.

Yet BBMP citing reasons such as unavailability of adequate removal measures, and manpower (diverted to lockdown duties) has not been able to enforce penalties as they should. Open burning of garbage is a common practice around the city. It is so normal that most people don’t even know that it is against the law.

Particulate matter on Bangalore’s busy roads is 6 times the limit prescribed by the World Health Organisation. Garbage burning greatly contributes to the existing urban air pollution which is known to reduce the lives of Indians by over 3 years. The cocktail of toxins that are released while burning garbage is extremely harmful to humans, causing growth defects and cancer in children.

Our campaign is called #BangaloreIsBurning, because our city is being smothered under the smoke of burning garbage.

Here is the problem: The burning of garbage represents a whole systems failure. It’s what happens when there’s overconsumption, littering, not enough waste segregation, too few sorting facilities, and not enough landfills.

But the good news is that there is no shortage of solutions. If the BBMP makes’ this a priority, and invests/enforces accordingly, we can not only end garbage burning in our beautiful city, but it will also be major step forward in addressing the problem of waste management itself.

We already have 4 Indian cities on the list of 10 most polluted cities in the world. Let’s not add Bangalore to that list. Let’s help Bangalore be recrowned as the ‘garden city’ of India.

Any time you spot garbage burning in the city, send the photos and location to us via WhatsApp on +918071279559. Let's tell the BBMP that garbage burning is illegal and the ban on open garbage burning must be enforced immediately!

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Reasons for signing

  • Awareness must be created
  • i feel the garbage management is appalling, they arent collected regularly, not segregated in closed quarters, not recycled properly and lastly core of this issue - burning garbage wherever and whenever it pleases the corporation causing irreversible damages to people in the vicinity.
  • There should be proper identified places for burning the garbage with a person identified for overseeing the burning.


2019-03-28 22:11:43 +0530

5,000 signatures reached

2017-04-26 11:35:32 +0530

UPDATE: 5 months after we launched the #Bangaloreisburning campaign, BBMP Joint Commissioner (Solid Waste Management and Health) Sarfaraz Khan has issued penalty orders for open garbage burning!

WE WON! Now every time a contractor burns garbage they will be fined.

The order states that despite the fact that that BBMP has provided sufficient infrastructure for waste collection, the number of garbage dumps and garbage burning is increasing. Hence, penalties for irregularities and indiscipline in waste management have been issued according to the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Amendment Act 2013. This applies to not just garbage burning, but dumping of garbage as well.

It is important to ensure that contractors are being penalized and Zonal Commissioners are held accountable. This can be done by showing a copy of the order below to your local BBMP ward office.

BBMP ward and zone offices numbers listed here…/gue…/important-officers-contact-details