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Door-to-door waste collection must at pre-informed time: HC

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The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has been directed to take steps to ensure that its pourakarmikas or persons employed by private contractors go door-to-door to collect garbage daily.
The Karnataka High Court, on Thursday, made it clear that it would be the BBMP’s duty to organise door-to-door collection of garbage at a ‘pre-informed time’ from residential and non-residential premises, including slums.
A Division Bench comprising Justice N. Kumar and Justice B.V. Nagarathna, which has been monitoring the BBMP’s actions, including setting up of waste processing plants instead of dumping at landfills, has issued directions to make segregation mandatory after ensuring that a minimum number of waste processing plants have been set up.
The Bench had earlier directed the BBMP to stop dumping of waste at landfills in a phased manner to prevent Mavallipura and Mandur-like situations. On Thursday, it directed the civic body to ensure that henceforth wastes should not only be collected in segregated form but also transported and processed in the same form.

The court said that waste should not be visible to people when it is being transported to the processing units. Also, it should be covered property to ensure that it does not fall out of vehicles during transportation.
The civic body is also to ensure that its pourakarmikas or the workers employed by its contractors do not mix segregated waste. Secondly, garbage should not be left on the roadside. The court made it clear that secondary segregation points could be set up only as an exception when waste is received in non-segregated form.
The Bench also said that effective management of MSW is the need of the hour as across the globe the process is becoming sophisticated and waste is now being treated as a type of resource.
HC directions
*Responsibilities to be fixed for councillors
*BBMP ground staff to be more accountable for waste collection
*Residents should hand over waste only to door-to-door collectors
*Leaf composting system to be set up in every park
*Waste should not be seen on streets

Why HC is doing the civil administration? What happened to the elected government?
It is a welcome verdict; but ...... whether the timings would suit working couples without any other person behind in home.



from temple dress code to waste collection....the court has to give order...not the elected govt...i think the court can make law

and rule the country....instead of elected civil govt...


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There is nothing new in the Court orders . Daily door-to-door collection of garbage is already being done for the past five years or more. There are enough rules and regulations prescribed by BBMP to cover the operation. The Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules 2000., provide for segregation, collection, storage, transportation, processing and safe disposal of wastes. This is in addition to the various Rules provided under Environement Protections Act 1986 by Government of India for proper management and disposal of different kinds of wastes. There is a detailed Report on "Waste Management" prepared by the Department of Ecology and Environment on "The State of Environment Report 2003" is available in Karnataka Government website.

But in practice this is being done (implemented) in most unprofessional way by Contractors appointed by BBMP. Any one can guess the reasons !The Garbage collectors are not using protective gloves or footwear, neither they wear uniforms. The vehicles used for transporting garbage are rickety three wheelers, which are under repair of and on. Any one can see Garbage pileups at street corners . It is all because of lack of supervision and determination on the part of BBMP., and lack of interest of sincere Citizens in quota based ward committees filledup with non-participating people.

The wonderful city of Bangalore where I settled 50 years ago, was a quiet and clean Garden City. Now the same Bengaluru filledup with dirt and waste has earned sobriquet of Garbage City.

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