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Irregular 'pourakarmikas' mess up garbage segregation

Tuesday, 4 December 2012 - 12:54pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
Most of the wards in Yalahanka Assembly segment had hogged limelight for successful implementing segregation of waste at source. But now, residents are concerned as visits by pourakarmikas have become irregular.

Most of the wards in Yalahanka Assembly segment had hogged limelight for successful implementing segregation of waste at source. But now, residents are concerned as visits by pourakarmikas have become irregular.

Earlier, SR Vishwanath, MLA, and corporators had played a key role in making engineers of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) supervise the cleaning work and in creating awareness among the public on the importance of segregation of waste. It was even acknowledged by BBMP commissioner Rajneesh Goel.

The success had provided an image boost to corporators - YN Ashwath, KV Yashoda, KN Geetha Shashikumar, M Muniraju and KA Muneendra Kumar. Residents were also very happy to see the surroundings clean.

However, residents have now started suspecting the commitment and dedication of their elected representatives with no pourakarmika coming forward to collect the garbage. “No one has turned up for the last three days. I am finding it difficult to cope with the stench emanating from the wet waste. I am waiting for pourakarmikas to collect the garbage from my doorsteps,’’ said Manjula Nanje Gowda, a resident of 2nd Cross, Telecom Layout.

Echoing similar opinion, Anupama Chandrasekhar, a housewife residing at MCECHS Layout, said residents have no problem with segregation of waste at source, but with its disposal. “We have been doing it for the last few months. We consider segregating waste at source as our responsibility. I am also waiting for pourakarmikas to pick up the two garbage bags - one for wet waste and the other for dry waste,’’ Anupama said.

When DNA approached R Chandrasekhar, general secretary, MCECHS Residents’ Welfare Association, he said efforts were being made to create awareness among residents on the need to segregate waste. “We have distributed pamphlets and organised meetings for the residents to explain the advantages of segregating waste at source. We are in touch with the garbage contractor, who has promised to send pourakarmikas to clear garbage,’’ Chandrasekhar said.

Residents of Chowdeswari ward said segregation of waste was their responsibility, but wondered what to do if pourakarmikas failed to turn up. “I segregate waste and keep it in two bags, but pourakarmikas are not regular in collecting the garbage,’’ said Rahima, a resident of 2nd cross of Pushkarini Street.

Ramasanjeevaiah, assistant engineer, Chowdeswari Ward, BBMP, agreed that pourakarmikas were not able clear the garbage for the last three days. “There were no problems till the end of November. I used to come to Chowdeswari ward at 6.30 am to supervise the work. Earlier, we organised door-to-door campaign to create awareness on the importance of segregating the waste at source. We had received very good response from the residents. However, I am not happy with the cleaning of garbage for the last few days. I hope the new contractor will take up measures to clear the garbage on regular basis,’’  Ramasanjeevaiah said.

Echoing similar opinion, G Sateesh, assistant executive engineer, Yalahanka division, BBMP, opined that a new garbage contractor may require a few more weeks to do the job. “I agree that the cleaning of garbage is not up to the mark. I think the problem will be solve within a few weeks,’’ Sateesh said.  




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