Russell Market in Shivajinagar has improper garbage disposal and garbage collection system with the garbage not being cleaned for days.
By Srijita Sen
29th August, 2019 8:14 pm
Bangalore: The garbage in Russell Market is not cleaned for days, neither is it segregated. The shop keepers of that area blame BBMP as well as the residents for the situation there.
A local resident says, “The trucks come every day except the days when it goes for repairing. It comes here and takes the garbage but sometimes it’s late. Cleaning happens properly but the place smells a lot. It’s not convenient to go there. They pick up the garbage every day, still they dump it again.”
Few local vendors of that place also said that though the BBMP trucks are supposed to come every day, they don’t and the vendors have to pay extra unnecessary money to people for picking up the garbage.
Earlier this year, BBMP decided to monitor garbage collection digitally through mobile applications due to the criticism they had faced regarding this matter.
The BBMP has imposed separate fines for dry and wet waste disposed illegally. BBMP supervisor K Subramanya says that, “They (waste) are collected routinely, every morning. Junior health inspector is there, senior health inspector is there, medical health professional is there, SWM, the separator..solid waste management is there. And surprisingly sometimes our special commissioner directly inspecting”
The local ward committees are to prepare the ward SWM action plan according to the ward’s requirements needs and budgetary allocations according to the solid waste management action plan.
After warnings by Urban Development Department(UDD) BBMP Mayor is to designate civil officers to overlook the garbage collection and ensure that it happens every day.
Environmentalists say that the city is covered in ‘black spots’ despite government’s initiatives. The problem they say is because residents do not segregate their waste. From September 1, mixed waste will not be collected door to door and fines will be imposed on households and apartments that defy the rules.
Environmentalist Sandeep Anirudhan says, “Why is it that the generation of waste goes caught free and the people who collect it have to make all the effort? It’s fundamentally flawed.”
Unless the citizens understand the importance of proper garbage disposal and take responsibility of the garbage they generate, this problem will be hard to tackle.