Management of solid waste in the city that has been a subject of hot debate over the past three years pertains to only waste generated within the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits.
However, recent spatial data analysis carried out by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and the BBMP Restructuring Committee has shown the ever-burgeoning urban sprawl in the places beyond the BBMP limits, especially in the south-east parts of the city. Areas along Mysuru Road and Kanakapura Road have also seen similar unbridled urbanisation eventually adding to the garbage generation and related issues.
Most of these new urbanised areas still governed by gram panchayats do not have any system of door-to-door garbage collection or disposal mechanism. N.S. Ramakanth, member of the expert committee on solid waste management, said that there was neither any study nor any audit of garbage generated in these localities. “More posh the apartment, more is the quantity of garbage generated, we have found,” he said.
“Earlier most of the garbage generated in these areas like in the south-east parts of Bengaluru was dumped by private collectors in Mandur. But after landfills have been closed, there is no audit of the garbage-disposal mechanism,” said R.K. Mishra, an urban expert from Whitefield.
Mr. Ramakanth said that the gram panchayats near Electronics City were working with the Electronics City Industrial Township Authority (ELCITA) for waste disposal. “The future of effective waste management is that of small localised initiatives, like the one being taken up by the three gram panchayats in Whitefield area,” he added.