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To: Mr. Randeep D, Special Commissioner (SWM & AH), & Zonal Commissioner for Mahadevapura,
Make Bengaluru Garbage Free.
We have partnered with Hasiru Dala and intend to make Bengaluru Garbage free.
We want to
Run awareness programs among citizens by
--Showcasing the importance of segregating waste at source
--Setting up tools to report issues about garbage mismanagement
Set up clean Bengaluru crew in different wards, to aid the BBMP in their efforts
Build a separate website for easy access to information including
--Information of ward marshalls, garbage crackdown squads.
--How you could participate in the “Clean Bengaluru” initiative
--Interactive games and more on waste segregation
--Shareable audio visual content
Why is this important?
update : 27 november 2020
We met Mr.Randeep D and submitted a letter seeking permission to start work at the ward level. Each ward has a issue specific to it and we would like to understand it by working on ground. He said he will look into it and get back with a NOC soon.
Sadly, Bangaloreans can no longer brag about the ‘natural air-conditioning’ in the city. The summers are getting hotter and hotter with garbage burning adding to it. After the lockdown, Jhatkaa.org 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.
We worked with BBMP to ensure strict penalties on the issues of garbage burning. BBMP now has ward marshals inspecting areas for episodes of garbage burning. If you see anyone burning garbage call the ward marshal in your area https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VWyz7lakIyyeezRBWfM9aWhwF7s3TT6jQiEFeDyA_HQ/edit#gid=192406589
Bangalore is one of the few cities in India whose civic agency has a dedicated department for waste management. Despite this “organised” approach, burning of garbage is rampant in the city, especially in Whitefield, KR Puram, Bellandur, RR Nagar and Jayamahal. Most incidents happen at night and at the hands of illegal contractors.
Besides the mess it creates, the fumes that emanate from such reckless burning are toxic and cause serious respiratory ailments like asthma. Garbage burning is also a leading cause of air pollution. It doesn’t help that in the past few years with rapid urbanisation, increase in the number of vehicles and construction activities, Bangalore’s air quality has dipped severely affecting the health of residents.
Two years ago, Jhatkaa.org started a campaign to end this menace and after mobilising thousands of citizens, got Sarfaraz Khan to issue a notification against open burning of garbage. However, penalties and fines are not being enforced and the practice continues. The National Green Tribunal and Karnataka Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) have also prohibited garbage burning, with fines up to Rs 25,000.
We’re tired of the BBMP indifference in curbing this problem, and cannot afford to have citizens falling prey to burning-induced health conditions. We want to be Garden City, not Garbage City.
Join this campaign to tell the BBMP to hold offenders accountable and strictly enforce penalties for garbage burning in Bangalore.