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Want to fix garbage mess? Enrol as Shuchi Mitra

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Citizens can now help ensure that garbage is properly segregated and processed. And driving that behavioural change across the city will be the Shuchi Mitras, the ambassadors of cleanliness.

The city may soon have an army of over 1,600 Shuchi Mitras, who will be monitoring the waste being disposed by households and ensuring that it remains in the segregated form when pourakarmikas and garbage contractors pick it up for proper disposal.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is gearing up to have at least eight to 10 ‘Shuchi Mitras’ in each ward, who will conduct independent citizens’ audit. Around 1,000 Shuchi Mitras were active in the city in the early 2000s. Initially proposed by the Bangalore Agenda Task Force, the programme fizzled out a few years later.

The civic body, which is grappling to effectively handle the gargantuan garbage crisis in the city, is hoping that having Shuchi Mitras in place now will help it break the nexus between officials and contractors.

Ward in charge

According to the new plan that has been drawn up now, each Shuchi Mitra will be made in charge of a collection point in a ward, where he or she needs to ensure that the contractor transfers garbage from the primary vehicle to the lorry, in segregated form and not spill any on the ground. They will also monitor the disposal of various streams of garbage such as sanitary waste, dry waste, e-waste and leaf litter collected from their assigned locality in an appropriate manner, claimed sources.

“Meetings will be held with Shuchi Mitras regularly to exchange ideas and discuss issues they face. We are also working on ward-level, zonal-level and WhatsApp groups along with officials for a live monitoring of the situation,” said Kalpana Kar, member of the BBMP’s Solid Waste Management Expert Committee.

The civic body is also working on a mobile-based intranet platform with Shuchi Mitras and BBMP officials. Those who want to enrol as a Shuchi Mitra need to apply to the BBMP zonal joint commissioners, who will screen the applicants and nominate them.

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