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To: 1. Sarfaraz Khan, Joint Commissioner (Health/ Solid Waste Management)

Stop garbage burning in Bangalore

Crack down on open burning of garbage in Bangalore by holding offenders accountable and ensure strict enforcement of penalties.

Why is this important?

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.

UPDATE
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

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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.


Reasons for signing

  • Stop garbage burning in Bangalore
  • As the people fo the future, it is our duty to protect it
  • Unbelievable lack of understanding on living conditions. Govt needs to enloist support to educate on the hazards of bad practices in waste management and step to demonstrate action for what the Govt is responsible and accountable for

Updates

2018-09-22 11:15:44 +0530

1,000 signatures reached

2018-09-14 09:53:33 +0530

500 signatures reached

2018-08-19 10:19:57 +0530

100 signatures reached

2018-08-14 20:27:56 +0530

50 signatures reached

2018-08-14 18:03:21 +0530

25 signatures reached

2018-08-14 17:35:19 +0530

10 signatures reached