Awareness and fines: Bengaluru mayor’s nostrum for waste woes

Bengaluru: Sowmya is a resident of Cottonpet. The day when segregation at source came into effect in Feb 2017, she purchased two bins – green for wet waste and red for dry. She carefully began segregating garbage generated at her house into these two bins. But as time passed, the momentum faded away.

She questions, "Why should I segregate the garbage, when pourakarmikas mix up everything we give?"

With segregation at source dropping drastically newly-elected Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun has plans to revive the concept. She aims to improve segregation with the help of autos, which will be hired to do announcement in every nook and corner of the city and create awareness.

She believes that gradually by winning over the confidence of people she aims to improve it, along with levying fines on the defaulters.

Gangambike told Deccan Chronicle, "Segregation at source is becoming a thing of past. Citizens are not caring to segregate the garbage at source into wet and dry wastes. City is generating more than 4,500 metric tonnes of garbage. It is very difficult for any civic body to separate this huge amount of garbage into wet and dry."

She pointed out that this can happen only with the support of citizens.

Autos will be hired to make announcements about segregation and its benefits all around the city. We will soon start this, Ms Gangambike said and added that along with the awareness drive BBMP shall also levy fines on the defaulters. 


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