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Bangalore trash woes: Deadlines or dead-ends?

Wednesday, 7 November 2012 - 1:13pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna
Despite deadline after deadline being issued to all and sundry — including the public, nothing seems to have even as much as made an iota of improvement in the garbage situation on the ground.

It appears that the BBMP has released a tsunami of deadlines to prevent the city from drowning under gigantic waves of garbage.

However, despite deadline after deadline being issued to all and sundry — including the public, nothing seems to have even as much as made an iota of improvement in the situation on the ground. Things pretty much stand at where they were when Bangaloreans realised they were drowning under their own follies of not having mastered the art of garbage disposal before discovering that they were on the global map.

For instance, the public were issued the October 1 deadline to begin segregating wastes at home. The idea was to ensure that in the final analysis, no garbage would be sent to any landfill; everything would end up either in compost pits (wet waste) or recycled (dry waste). But over a month after, the initiative (which should have actually been started decades ago) has achieved only 38% and going down.

As part of the same initiative, bulk generators of garbage have been warned of strict action if they do not set up their own biogas plants or composting units within their premises. December-end is the deadline for them. But will warnings help these bulk generators’ composting units/biogas plants see the light of day?

Unlikely. Because, while warnings after warnings have filled the air even as deadlines after deadlines are shot off to impress upon the gullible about how much BBMP is doing, there is no semblance of enforcement.

The civic body is spewing deadlines. But there is no hint of any solution in sight, and that may be attributed to leniency of the authorities concerned.

Stringency seems to be a rarity in these parts of the world, the only likely penalty being a Surat-like disease outbreak, claiming hundreds of innocent lives.




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