The recent decision of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to stop collecting garbage from large apartments has created chaos among the residents. As a consequence, the residents now have to personally contact the contractors to come and collect the waste from the premises. Additionally, they are now paying Rs 100 per and above per apartment depending on the bulk of waste generated in a day.
According to BBMP Joint Commissioner Sarfaroz khan, apartments generating more than 10 kg waste per day must dispose the waste themselves as per Solid Waste Management rules 2016
M.S. Shankar, Convenor of Federation of Apartment Owners Association Karnataka has to say, “We understand that segregating waste is our responsibility and we in fact do that. But, by implementing this new policy to stop collecting waste from large apartments is very discriminatory. We are already paying garbage cess and now additionally we have to personally contact the contractors, so that they come and collect and our waste and have to pay them extra. They charge 100 rupees and more from each apartment depending upon the number of unit of garbage is being produced”.
This policy was introduced by the BBMP earlier as well in 2012. But, it was withdrawn on the grounds that it was discriminatory.
Lingananand Mainana, a resident has to say, “I don’t see the point of the policy whereas garbage is one of the biggest issues in Bengaluru. In such a big city large apartments are in huge numbers. And now we are ending up paying extra to lift our waste from our premises”.
Where residents are saying this policy to be discriminatory, on the other hand expert believes the decision taken by the civic body to be a good one.
Kripa Vishwanath, member of Daily Dump has to say, “It is every individual’s responsibility to segregate waste. But, when we are saying that we are paying garbage cess, just because we are paying, Mother earth us not available to dump garbage all around. We have over used it. Though BBMP is collecting garbage there is no place for BBMP to dump these wastes. Now, what they are doing is ideally they have to be more strict in terms of segregation and people must also make conscious effort at least one time disposal”.