Civic body signed MoU with U.S. city to exchange best practices

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which is in the middle of a garbage crisis, is looking for help from abroad. While it is seeking suggestions on solid waste management from sister city San Francisco, it is also looking at getting help from Dubai.

Last year, the BBMP has entered into a memorandum of understanding with San Francisco to exchange best practices in administration following which a mail was sent seeking information on handling garbage: both clearing and processing.

In San Francisco, 80 per cent of the solid waste was processed, sources said.

Video conference likely

BBMP officials are likely to hold a video conference to discuss the issue with authorities in San Francisco.

If the technology adopted there suits Bangalore, counterparts from the sister city may be invited to help authorities here, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the civic agency is looking at a solid waste management unit set up by a Swiss-based company in Dubai.

There was a possibility that a delegation from BBMP would go to Dubai to study the project, sources said.

Protest staged

A large number of people from Karnataka Janashankthi, supported by Citizens Forums of R.T. Nagar, Ganganagar and Kengeri, and pourakarmikas staged a joint protest outside the Town Hall on Monday evening to extend support to residents of Mandur.

The residents have been protesting against the dumping of garbage at the Mandur landfill.

The protest, the members said, was on behalf of Bangaloreans, and that they agreed that garbage belonging to the city was being dumped at Mandur.

“We also oppose imposition of prohibitory orders at Mandur and arrest of residents,” said janashakthi convener Vasu H.V. He added that a Facebook campaign seeking support had been launched.

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