Bangalore City’s Dirty Secret [%new%]
Date: 7 August, 2014
News Courtesy: Garima Singh, III year, B.A.LLB (Hons
A recent survey by BBMP (Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike) has identified 8,000 ‘black spots’ where public have dumped garbage in the open and at street corners. Most of these spots are at areas where dustbins were located previously. Bangalore became a ‘bin-free’ city in 2000, when a door to door garbage collection was introduced. However, people still associate the earlier bin spots with waste disposal. Also, BBMP has at least five transit points for waste disposal in every ward, which are now littered with garbage. Add to this most of the black spots are on empty plots and below electrical transformers.
In many areas waste collectors turn up late in the morning, by which time most of the residents would have left for work and thus end up dumping their waste at the street corner. The BBMP had also considered re-installing dustbins in 2012. However, the proposal was dropped later. Mr. Yathish Kumar, Joint Commissioner (Health), BBMP, garbage disposal incharge, said that BBMP had now teamed up with ‘The Ugly Indian’, an NGO, to clear off these black spots. He also added that zonal engineers were also pressed into action to clear off these black heads.
Open Borewells: Government warns of strict action
In an effort to crack down on open borewells that are yet to be fitted with a pump, the Karnataka state Government has said it will take strict action against rig companies and owners in such cases. The owner of the plot in which the borewell is dug is also obligated to construct a conceter wall around and display signage indicating danger.
The State government had issued fresh guidelines and also directed district level committees headed by Deputy Commissioner to oversee the sealing of borewells until they are ready for use. These guidelines are being revised after criticism following Sulikeri incident, where a 6 year old boy fell into an open well and rescue operations are still on.
The Committee headed by a Deputy Commissioner, will comprise Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat, the Superintendent of Police, District Social Welfare Officer, District head of Mines and Geology Executive Engineer, tehsildars of taluks and Executive officers of Taluk Panchayat.
It will be mandatory for the land owners to get No Objection Certificate (NOC) from local authorities before sinking borewells in areas declared by Karnataka Ground-Water Authority as over exploited ground water areas. In other places, it is mandatory to get NOC in accordance with Karnataka Groundwater Act and sinking borewells within 500 meters of an open well is prohibited.