The successful completion of the pilot project in Manorayanapalya in RT Nagar on Sunday afternoon has boosted Resurgent India to extend its efforts in ridding the city of the festering garbage through its ‘Swalpa Clean-up Maadi’ campaign.
What residents in RT Nagar’s Manorayanapalya saw was just a pilot project, in which residents, the ward corporator Foujiya Begum and local residents led by Abdul Wajid, participated in getting the location rid of garbage and sprucing up the place by painting the footpath edges and the fences, before requesting the residents and the BBMP officials to maintain the made over place.
Rajeev Gowda, chairman, Resurgent India (and also professor of public policy, IIM -Bangalore) said this campaign was part of a larger agenda of Resurgent India – a not-for-profit trust started by Gowda – to drive citizens and youth engagement in various efforts to make Bangalore a better city.
In this city-wide campaign, citizens will work together with corporators and pourakarmikas to eliminate festering garbage dumps and give their respective localities a makeover.
Plans are not clear as yet, but the campaign will soon spread to other parts of the city by involving the local residents and the respective corporators in the endeavour to rid the city of garbage.
This was successfully demonstrated in RT Nagar on Sunday afternoon, where local residents were pleasantly surprised to see the made over pavement rid of all the garbage, which had been the bane of the locality for the past eight years, mainly because no one took the initiative to do so.
The clean-up drives will be conducted in a scientific manner, wherein a team of volunteers will observe the behaviour of the locals and the pourakarmikas to determine why a garbage dump persists at a particular location and remains uncleared for days.
This is the first such campaign that directly involves citizens in cleaning up external areas (not just their home surroundings). An earlier initiative, named Swacha Bangalore, taken up in March 2000, aimed at sprucing up domestic garbage clearance and segregation.
The 2000 initiative focused on door-to-door garbage collection, deploying a new design push-cart to facilitate garbage segregation at source (home) and involving citizens in the initiative.
The ‘Swalpa Clean-up Maadi’ campaign, however, is the first such campaign that brings local residents to directly engage in cleaning up their own areas, and will be seen as different from the garbage collection and segregation initiatives, although all that will eventually go hand in hand to ensure a much cleaner city down the line.