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Updated: August 22, 2012 08:26 IST

Added garbage disposal costs set to be dumped on citizens

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City generates close to 5,000 tonnes of garbage a day. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
The Hindu City generates close to 5,000 tonnes of garbage a day. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Cess may go up as civic authority battles solid waste management woes

With the garbage disposal system in a mess after two landfills closed, the immediate fallout may be on the pockets of citizens in Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits. The civic authority is mooting a doubling of the garbage cess though the decision will be taken at the council meeting at the end of the month.

Higher costs

The proposal is said to have gained steam following increased garbage transportation costs to landfills at Mandur and the one near Rajarajeshwarinagar, after the two at Mavallipura and Terrafarma were closed.

The cost of providing compensatory facilities to those living near these landfills is also a factor in the new rates.

Delegation

A BBMP delegation, including Mayor D. Venkatesh Murthy, met Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar in Bangalore on Tuesday to put forth its proposals, which include identifying new temporary landfills. The city generates close to 5,000 tonnes of garbage a day.

Present rates

The decision to levy the cess on all properties was taken in 2011 after the BBMP found itself spending Rs. 200 crore a year on solid waste management. There are separate slabs and the cess is paid along with property tax.

Currently, residential properties built on an area less than 1,000 sq. ft are charged Rs. 10 a month, 1,001 sq. ft to 3,000 sq. ft Rs. 30, and over 3,001 sq. ft, Rs. 50.

However, S. Venkatesh Babu, who heads the BBMP’s Standing Committee on Public Health, said a hike in garbage cess was a distant prospect as at least five new projects for solid waste management were in the pipeline.

“We are also asking for more compactors than trucks as they are more efficient,” he said. Tuesday’s meeting was to discuss the reviewed estimation for garbage collection tenders, he added.

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I agree with Angela Alvares that we have to help in reducing the
burden on the Govt. and corporation by avoiding production of waste.
But not many houses can afford to recycle kitchen waste but
nevertheless those who can should try to reduce it.

The most important issue with garbage in cities like Bangalore or
Chennai starts with the apathy of the public in the way we dispose
waste and the equal irresponsible acts of the contractors. The
labourers who work in this garbage disposal are neither provided with
protective gear and nor do they have any sense of how to dispose the
garbage. In Bangalore I have seen them exchange garbage in small open
autos on to other vehicles manually in road or open ground. Why can't
the Corporation employ human methods and mechanical methods? Why do
these corporators and MLAs who visit Singapore and London nor learn
the method and implement it here.

Its high time the public acted in private and public to make this city
clean.
upackiyam@gmail.com

from:  Umakanthan
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 00:02 IST

What the government/municipality can do is to offer incentives to people to reduce
their garbage collection bill. All those who put in compost units or bury their kitchen
and organic waste in their properties and burn their non toxic paper waste can be
eligible for half rate collection costs. My garbage is just a tiny plastic bag once a
month as all other waste is organically recycled (great for my small garden and few
plants). Once a week regularly burning of paper bags and paper waste. The trips to the
market with a cloth bags, luckily most of our stores here pack goods in paper bags.
Plastics from wrapping/frozen foods is compressed into a little plastic bag once a
month and dumped into the govt. waste bin. If those with properties helped with the
clean up process, our country can move ahead in neatness/cleanliness. Always
expecting others to do the dirty work has led us to acquiring the name Slumdog India.
With rising numbers in towns etc, we should do our bit to help the govt.

from:  angela alvares
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 13:50 IST

Cess can be increased if situation warrants. But it is beyond doubt that BBMP or for that matter no municipality in India can make the nation trash-free as we are not sincere to our task.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 13:25 IST
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