No Artworks for ‘SWACHHTA’ message

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Published on November 11, 2021 by

Bengaluru scored zero out of 120 points for the delivery of cleanliness message through artworks in Swachh Bharat Survekshan. 

Bengaluru: The Swachh Bharat Survekshan reports Bengaluru has not succeeded in delivering the message of cleanliness through artworks as mandated by the Swachh Bharat Mission. The city scored zero out of 120 points under the artwork section of the direct observation criteria of the survey. The low score is the outcome of a lack of coordination between the government and the public.

Amit Amarnath, the founder Youth for Parivartan said, “Bengaluru is a big city. Here, we run in different timings. Thus, there is communication gap between the municipality and the public.”

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike has cleared more than 500 garbage blackspots through street arts, murals and other painting activities. Basavaraj Kabade, superintendent engineer, solid waste management, says, “I am really unaware of the points of marking and on what basis the artwork has been taken up.” He also reasoned the less scoring as a result of lack of documentation and reporting.

In 2014, the Government of India launchedthe Swachh Bharat initiative. Various non-government organizations like Ugly Indian started painting parts of the city to promote cleanliness. They took permission from Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike to paint some of the most crowded places including Jayanagar, Koramangala and Mahatma Gandhi Road.

Megha Rath, a citizen of Bengaluru said, “Art has a better impact than reading the schemes. So, Bengaluru should have more artworks delivering the swachhta message.”

The organizations raised 7 thousand to 12 thousand to spend on the campaign.Eventually, the areas beautified by these organizations gained attention as people stopped piling up garbage there. Hence, various local communities and private companies collaborated with them. But the lack of coordination between the BBMP, the state government and the public has stopped the artists from painting the walls.

A study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology emphasizes that art can create persuasive awareness among its viewer in a short period. Sandhya Narayan, Member of Solid Waste Management Round Table, Bengaluru said, “It is impactful. It is part of the requirement and it is needed to be done. They are visible and people notice it, there is an impact on the mind of people.”

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