Bengaluru

More ‘Kasa Kiosks’ in the offing

Collection point: The Kasa Kiosk on NAL Wind Tunnel Road gets around 150 kg of waste every day.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

By the side of the busy NAL Wind Tunnel Road, a man hands over a jute bag containing waste from his house to a woman sitting at the ‘Kasa Kiosk’. Nethravathi, the woman at the kiosk who is wearing a mask and rubber gloves, swiftly segregates the waste into wet, dry, and rejects, and hands over the bag back.

The Kasa Kiosk, a manned stall, which is the first of its kind and the only one in the city, stands at a spot that was once a massive black spot.

The kiosk — a joint effort by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Saahas, a not-for-profit organisation working in the field of solid waste management, and Omega Healthcare — was set up in December 2018 with the intention of ensuring that the road does not get transformed into a dump site, said Divya Tiwari, chief executive officer of Saahas.

“Huge garbage compactors would be parked by the side of road, often with waste spilling out, while leachate dripped onto the road. Now, the whole area has been transformed and it is clean, though compactors and auto tippers continue to occupy some space on the road,” said Ms. Tiwari.

Enthused by the response, the BBMP is now looking for CSR (corporate social responsibility) proposals to set up such kiosks in other localities of the city. “We have made a budget provision in the forthcoming Nagarottana Funds to set up such manned kiosks,” said D. Randeep, BBMP’s Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management).

Before opening the kiosk, the civic body not just improved the location, it also streamlined waste transfer to ensure no garbage was on the ground.

The BBMP also drew boundary lines to ensure that the transfer point did not obstruct vehicular movement. “The Kasa Kiosk has helped a lot, as commercial waste started coming there instead of being dumped elsewhere,” he added.

Two shifts

The kiosk gets around 150 kg of waste every day, of which approximately 120 kg is wet waste, said Ms. Nethravathi, who is from Saahas. The kiosk is open in two shifts — from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. “Some people deposit segregated waste; some just give us a bag of mixed waste. We have to segregate it further. We also try to keep the surroundings clean, and ensure there is no littering,” she said.

The waste collected at the kiosk is picked up by the BBMP’s auto tippers and sent to either landfills or processing units on the city’s outskirts.

Ms. Nethravathi said more people seemed to prefer dropping off the waste in the second shift. “We are trying to create awareness among the local residents to make use of the facility, rather than dump their waste elsewhere,” she said.

Local residents who miss the door-to-door collection utilise the kiosk to ensure that waste reaches the right place.

Prajwal Prasad, who lives in the area, said, “Earlier, we were forced to dump garbage on the roads as collection of garbage from our home was not regular. Now, we have this option which helps in collection and segregation of garbage effectively.”

Mamatha, another resident, said with the kiosk staff helping people segregate waste too, setting more such stalls across localities in the city would ensure cleanliness to a large extent.


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