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When it comes to the latest Garbage City tag, there was indeed a PIL filed. Fighting the negative tag was Neeraj Mishra, a resident of Indiranagar. Two years ago, Neeraj filed a PIL in the High Court of Karnataka when he found that garbage near his house had rented the place for free and the BBMP was letting it flourish.

- - - He says, “I have been staying in this city for last seven years. During my stay, I observed that garbage is always dumped right beside my house. Although the BBMP truck used to clear it in the morning, the carts that collect household waste again used to dump it here. I spoke to the local corporator and engineers about the issue but they said that for the last 15-20 years this has been the place for dumping garbage and it cannot be altered. Hence, one fine day I decided to take some measures and filed a PIL in the High Court.”

- - - The officials woke up to the occasion only when Neeraj filed a contempt of court. He said, “It has been three months that the park and this neighbouring area got fresh air to breath in. I have spent an amount of  `84,000 in this pursuit, which could have been avoided.”

- - - Neeraj feels that citizens should be aware of their civic duties. Today, there is a sign board beside a park on 5th cross that states, ‘Do not dump garbage here. You will be fined `500’.

Although this appears to be a regular sign board that we witness across the city, this is probably one place where BBMP will not like to meddle with garbage. Thanks to Neeraj.

For the full report in the New Indian Express, click here.

Well, after a valiant fight, Neeraj has managed to clear up his back-yard (front here, I guess). But, he has essentially given voice to the NIMBY (not in my back-yard) syndrome, and the dump has very likely shifted to another end of the road. When the residents there start making a noise, it will shift to yet another location, till such times as it finds a location in the vicinity of a more 'accommodative' resident. But, with more and more residents becoming less and less accommodative, BBMP has a serious problem on its hands.

A large part of the problem can be sorted out by segregation, and composting of the wet waste in one's own back-yard. But, in highly densified residential areas, there are limits to this, and consequently community based disposal arramgements becomes necessary, since more and more the folks living in the outlying areas are also beginning to resist dumping of waste from the city in their back-yards (check this report in the ToI). Viewed this way, perhaps the members of the community need to look for some land in their neighbourhood where this essential job can be carried out. And, perhaps the only open land available is the neighbourhood park.

Now, all parks may not be suited to the purpose, many being too small, and others being surrounded on all sides by residences. But, in Koramangala atleast, there is one park that appears to fit the bill, being fairly large in size, as also having a fairly wide main road running adjacent to its entire length. This is the Wipro park (click here to see it on a map of the locality), which largely faces commercial complexes along the '80ft peripheral road'. So, why not use, say a 25 ft wide by 500 ft (about a quarter acre) strip of the park, parallel to the peripheral road but behind a line of trees (and the jogging track), to locate the local segregation and composting area? The essential vehicle entry can be from an opening some 75 ft from the 'Kamal bakery' junction, and the exit from another opening at the end of the 500 ft stretch.

An earlier proposal for something along these lines was shot down by the local residents since it apparently faced their residences. But, here, it is facing the commercial complexes, besides being hidden behind a line of trees. Also, a large part of the park, particularly the side facing the residential area, remains intact. Well, some facilities will be lost, and some bit of nuisance will have to be faced. But, most of the BBMP activities will be confined to the noon time, when the park is not much in use anyway, and even the adverse effects whatever can be minimised by an active set of residents monitoring the operations closely.

I expect many people will be out to wring my neck for making such a suggestion. But, can we continue to think that if we ignore the problem, it will just go away? Or, does anybody have better solutions? If not, shouldn't enlightened communities think out of the box and come up with such solutions, even if it means making a few sacrifices?

Whatever, I thought it is time to start a debate on the matter in a rational way.

Muralidhar Rao

PS: Here is a report in the Deccan Herald of a plant operating satisfactorily in a residential area, though, apparently, the BDA is now in the process of acquiring the land for converting to another residential layout. But, in the process, isn't BDA going to be subjecting the residents in the new layout to the same problems other layout are already facing?

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psaram42's picture

The Saga of Indiranagar Park

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The park under reference is on the 13th main in between the 100ft road and the double road. The exact location of the park [1] and the picture uploaded [2] on Wikimapia is available for viewing. 

I have seen the boards which have been put up recently prohibiting grabage dumping in the area, during my early maorning walk. The place is now clean. However I am not aware whether the BBMP has provided an alternate place for dumping.

To days TOI article is also relevant here. [3]. The TOI article emphasizes the fact that the solution is not only in monitoring dumping but also in processing / recycling the garbage itself. Ofcource Bangalore town planning is deficient by not providing space for

                                    1-  dumping garbage in each locality

                                    2-  Segregation and processing

in its master plan. It is done more as an after thought [4]

In Phonix, Arizona,USA the corporation has provided two different trollyies to indiviual houses one for wet and the other for dry garbage. Mechenised truck comes every day at designeted time to collect the garbage. The driver is able to load his truck without getting down.

However the story in the Mexican side of the town is similar to the Bangalore one. Our Corporators need to visit USA for this once in a while!

At least they should see the vidioes on the internet if available.

psaram42's picture

  City of Melbourne,

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City of Melbourne, Australia website is more refreshing than that of our own BBMP. For example, It starts off with info about Melbourne, its council, how to get involved, what are the community services etc. [1]

About Garbage handling the following are dealt with in detail:-

1.      Garbage and recycling services offered

2.      What can / cannot be recycled

3.      Waste Classification

·        Hard

·        Chemical

4.      Home Composting

5.      Collection days

 

 

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It is a well written article Ms Sangeeta Bora.

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Bangalore a city with many sobriquets!

  1. Garden City,
  2. IT Capital,
  3. Healthcare hub,
  4. Biotech Hub on the positive and
  5. Crime capital,
  6. suicide capital and the latest,
  7. Garbage City. On the opposite.

Sobriquet is a derivative of original Old French soubriquet, chuck under the chin. It is used as an affectionate or humorous nickname.

 

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YIMBY

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The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday ordered issue of notice to the State government, Ministry of Environment and Forests and various civic agencies on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking directions to ensure that solid wastes are segregated at source by citizens of Bangalore, and for proper solid waste management.

- - - The petitioner also said the BBMP should collect only residual waste that is separated from recyclable waste from houses and offices.

- - - Pointing out that there are areas earmarked for solid waste disposal in the Master Plan 2015, the petitioner sought a direction to Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to ensure that every layout had designated areas for dry waste collection centre and compost plants.

- - - She made a plea for another directive to the State government to appoint a Special Executive Magistrate under the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure by recruiting retired government officials or retired civil servants or ex-defence personnel, who may be nominated by the residents welfare associations, to oversee implementation and enforcement of segregation of waste at source in every ward.


For the full text of the report in The Hindu, click here.

Like an NGO active in the field has been pointing out, the campaign should henceforth say "Yes, In My Back-Yard".
 

Muralidhar Rao
psaram42's picture

Better late than never

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After Neeraj Mishra now Kavita Shankar had to fight against BBMP for our legitimate rights. These people have spent lot of time, money and hard work to prod the inefficient and corrupt BBMP elected representatives to wake up. 

We are mixing our both  wet and dry garbage in a single [instead of two] bucket.as BBMP refused to collect the same on different days! 

Another praja thread is also relevant here. [1] 

murali772's picture

Sign up to make Bangalore a Waste-less City

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To read the explanatory notes and endorse the petition (started by ESG), click on the attachment to the opening post.

Muralidhar Rao

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