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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah does some loud thinking on dividing the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike

THE IRONY:A huge pile of used disposable plates greeted those who came to attend the launch of the zero garbage programme in 22 wards by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at the Freedom Park on Wednesday. —Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
THE IRONY:A huge pile of used disposable plates greeted those who came to attend the launch of the zero garbage programme in 22 wards by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at the Freedom Park on Wednesday. —Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Can the needs of the growing city be managed by just one city corporation? This was the question posed by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday.

Speaking after launching the zero garbage programme in 22 wards of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), he said the aspect of dividing the city corporation, that oversees city management in 800 sq km, must be explored.

“With the increase in the density of population, the quantum of waste generated has also seen a huge spike. While the government is committed to helping the BBMP with its efforts to tackle the garbage menace, it is imperative that citizens cooperate and segregate waste generated in their households. The waste must not be mixed. Awareness is key to the success of this programme,” he said.

In court

The garbage problem had even gone to the High Court, which had issued directions to the government and the BBMP. Stating that the BBMP has the onerous responsibility, he called upon the citizens to segregate waste at source. While change cannot happen overnight, the BBMP Commissioner had promised to take this programme to all the 198 wards. He welcomed the initiative by various multi-national companies (MNCs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society members in joining hands with the BBMP.

Affected communities

Mayor D. Venkatesh Murthy pointed out that garbage posed a problem of gargantuan proportions when communities living around landfills, including Mandur and Mavallipura, protested against the dumping of waste there. “There are technologies available now to convert garbage to biogas, bio methane, power, crude oil and manure.”

Earlier, BBMP Commissioner M. Lakshminarayana said the motto of the zero garbage programme was ‘One house, two bins... don’t mix waste’ ‘No garbage on the ground’.

A performance audit will be conducted in these 22 designated wards. As many as 155 organisations are working with the BBMP to this end.

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