NGOs planning to reopen dry waste collection centre

The dry waste collection centre at Rajarajeshwarinagarwas set up in January 2015 but was shut down ninemonths later.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar  

It has been months since a functioning dry waste collection centre (DWCC) was forced shut by miscreants, allegedly backed by land sharks, in Rajarajeshwarinagar, affecting segregation of waste at source in the ward.

Now, Recycle Initiative for a Safe Environment (RISE) Foundation and Hasiru Dala, an organisation that was taking care of the day-to-day functioning of the DWCC, are planning to reopen it. However, a date is yet to be fixed. This comes after the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) Subodh Yadav visited the spot and found that a board put up by miscreants claiming ownership over the land still not removed. This is even though the DWCC was established on a 2-acre civic amenity site, over which the BBMP has all rights.

Veena Rajappa from RISE Foundation told The Hindu that the DWCC recycled around 20 tonnes of dry waste since it was established in January 2015 until it was shut down suddenly, just nine months later. Of the 35,000 households in the area, more than 10,000 continue to voluntarily segregate waste. “Segregation of waste has suffered a major setback. We moved the DWCC to a small shed, but the shed has no facilities and it isn’t even strong structurally.”

She said that when Mr. Yadav visited the spot, he directed BBMP officials to first bring down the board put up by the miscreants and erect a board declaring the land as the BBMP property. “However, nothing has changed. We can’t even push the residents to segregate waste, as we don’t have the space to store the dry waste,” she said. Mr. Yadav told The Hindu that it seemed that fake revenue records with regard to ownership of the land had been created. He said he had directed officials of the Karnataka Public Lands Corporation Ltd. to examine the land records to ascertain if they had been forged. The zonal commissioner has also been instructed to take up the issue with the jurisdictional Deputy Commissioner of Police. “The DWCC structure is still standing and we are making attempts to set the documentation right,” he added.

There is no smoke without fire and this seems especially true for the residents of BHEL Layout, Kenchenahalli Main Road, in Rajarajeshwarinagar.

The residents wake up to hazy mornings with low visibility. No, it is not the mist… it is the smoke from garbage set on fire.

The worst affected it seems are the morning walkers who frequent Sri Gnanakshi Park and those who go for yoga classes at the Sri Yoga Kendra in the area.

B.V. Srimathi, a yoga instructor at Sri Yoga Kendra, said they had been forced to cancel classes with the smoke heavy in the air.

“It was really bad on Friday. We couldn’t cancel the classes, as students had already come. We had to tie a cloth around our nose and mouth and practise yoga!” Fed up, the residents lodged a complaint with the zonal office control room.

“We are hoping that this will stop soon. The residents are looking at serious health risks otherwise,” she said.

BBMP’s Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) Subodh Yadav conceded that instances of garbage being burnt had been reported from many parts of the city. “Initially, we thought that it was the handiwork of the contractors. But, in some instances, we have found out the locals are behind it. In some cases, FIRs have also been registered with the jurisdictional police,” he said.

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