Pourakarmikas: not many have started segregation
Citizen apathy continued to be a damper for the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) waste segregation project, which, on Day Two, too appeared to have made no major progress.
Pourakarmikas threw their hands up saying that the garbage collection process is just as it has been.
“Not many residents have started segregating waste. We are collecting it as they give it and are dumping it in the trucks,” said a pourakarmika in Malleshpalya.
The unauthorised garbage dumping spots lining the city’s roads also remained the same. Some residents blamed it on the irregular collection as the reason, “forcing” them to get rid of waste the old way.
But BBMP officials continue to be optimistic. Mayor D. Venkatesh Murthy went on a door-to-door awareness drive on Tuesday morning.
By the end of the day, a BBMP release said that the response had been positive in all zones.
There was special mention of the 11 wards in Yelahanka zone, where a test check was carried out by 116 officials headed by the Joint Commissioner.
BBMP officials were celebrating the spur in interest among farmers to procure wet waste from the palike. A BBMP spokesperson said that enthusiastic farmers were buying the wet waste for Rs. 66 per tonne.
“There has been good response from farmers for lifting wet waste to be used in their fields on account of its fertility. There have been many enquiries also. It is worth mentioning that a farmer from near the Yelahanka zone lifted about 12.5 tonnes of wet waste collected from three wards after paying Rs. 5,000 per truck for three trucks,” the release added.
The release said that 55 kilograms of sanitary waste collected from the 11 wards in Yelahanka had been sent for scientific disposal.