The big Bengalurean garbage mess

Jayanagar based N Mukund, Joint Secretary of Citizens Action Forum, sent us a hard hitting letter on the city’s garbage mess. This year, BBMP has raised the garbage cess it is collecting as part of property tax. It came a day before the latest nightmare at the Mavallipura landfill, which was about to unfold.

Mukund is challenging BBMP to explain what it has done with the garbage cess collected with the property tax last year and questions the body’s decision to raise the cess this year.  “As citizens, we wish to know how the steps taken by BBMP for the past one year has improved the city’s waste management problem”, he writes. “Has BBMP enforced segregation at source, constructed dry waste collection centers at each ward, guaranteed that sufficient lorries are deployed every day, have they taken care of health hazards of pourkarmikas..”, he asks.

Not stopping there, he adds that officials and elected representatives have travelled to Mumbai, Pune and abroad as a part of study tour on handling garbage, and it is not clear their visits benefited Bangalore’s mounting garbage problem. “What is the justification for collecting more cess”, he asks.

Mukund is plain: he believes BBMP is taking citizens for a ride.

Far away in Mavallipura, another group of citizens also believe BBMP is taking them for the ride, and a life-threatening one. Villagers living around Bengaluru’s massive landfill here which receives thousands of tons of Bengaluru’s garbage are frustrated. The landfill has led to a health disaster and villagers have been up in arms for years. Recently, the state’s pollution watchdog ordered the BBMP to suspend sending city waste to the site, until the processing problems had been sorted out. However, BBMP managed to get the state government to reverse the decision and on August 23rd, trucks laden with the city’s garbage were back there, with hundreds of police to stop villagers from resistance.

This is the state of affairs in global Bengaluru with its swanky malls, campuses and upmarket communities. The comprehensive breakdown in waste management from source to disposal has an ugly political side to it which will likely blow up sooner rather than later.

The assembly elections are not that far away. “We will also make garbage management an issue for next assembly elections”, threatens Mukund, is his letter. We hope the villagers of Mavallipura will also take it up at election time in their area. If garbage can become a public issue across the Bangalore region in the 2013 elections, it can only be a good thing.

2 Comments

  1. We really don’t know morning we were not walking between the garbage mess but also had to see a dead cow just at the entrance of the gate. I was rushing to office car was moving could not disturb others because of time. But before that had taken some pics last evening which I am uploading …. Lingarajpuram where the Sundy market takes place is a garbage dump area, lorry, tractors, Geo Tourist Bus, parking palace, all the big guys rabries dumping g area we can’t walk, open our windows nothing we are humans please do something we also blame the uncivilized people who just throw garbage anywhere. Why don’t you lol have some big bins kept so people can throw it inside and it will remain jbine place then scattered everywhere. Swatch Bharat tax? Where is it going to…not able to upload the pics may be u can post it in mirror

  2. Everyone has to take the blame squarely for this big mess! One feels nauseated when we see the stinking piles of garbage everywhere. it starts with each individual and how he does or does not contribute to this, the number of dust bins, the disposal trucks and the sad state they are in to the landfills or rather dumpyards!! every person who calls himself a citizen of this country has to ask himself these questions. Yes, Mr. Mukund is also right in asking these questions. I would suggest the people should file a PIL against the BBMP for bringing things to this state! Go and see how the government is working in many towns and cities in Tamil Nadu!! There are umpteen examples, but whats the use?! We will probably head for a major epidemic before these ignorant and corrupt people to whom we have entrusted our safety realise the truth and do something about it!!

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