Bangalore: Let’s end open garbage burning!
UPDATE: 5 months after we launched the #Bangaloreisburning campaign, BBMP Joint Commissioner (Solid Waste Management and Health) Sarfaraz Khan has issued penalty orders for open garbage burning!
WE WON! Now every time a contractor burns garbage they will be fined.
The order states that despite the fact that that BBMP has provided sufficient infrastructure for waste collection, the number of garbage dumps and garbage burning is increasing. Hence, penalties for irregularities and indiscipline in waste management have been issued according to the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Amendment Act 2013. This applies to not just garbage burning, but dumping of garbage as well.
This victory is not the end. We need to continue monitoring instances of garbage burning in Bangalore. Do continue sending us photos from your neighborhood via Whatsapp on 7676-022-555. It is important to ensure that contractors are being penalized and Zonal Commissioners are held accountable. This can be done by showing a copy of the order below to your local BBMP ward office.
BBMP ward and zone offices numbers listed here http://bbmp.gov.in/…/gue…/important-officers-contact-details
UPDATE: On 14th July 2016 Jhatkaa volunteers met with Mr. Sarfaraz Khan, Joint Commissioner (SWM / Health). He accepted our petition and promised to penalise errant contractors who were violating the law by burning garbage.
However, he did say that the BBMP is unable to monitor violations and he wants us to be his “eyes and ears”.
So if you see garbage being burnt take a photo and WhatsApp it to 7676-022-555. <– Save the number on your phone.
Bangaloreans can no longer brag about the ‘natural air-conditioning’ in the city. The summers are getting hotter and garbage burning is adding to the heat. Open burning of garbage is a common practice around the city. It is so normal that most people don’t even know that it is against the law.
Particulate matter on Bangalore’s busy roads is 6 times the limit prescribed by the World Health Organisation. Garbage burning greatly contributes to the existing urban air pollution which is known to reduce the lives of Indians by over 3 years. The cocktail of toxins that are released while burning garbage is extremely harmful to humans, causing growth defects and cancer in children.
Jhatkaa is launching a campaign to tackle this issue in our city. We’re calling our digital campaign #BangaloreIsBurning because our city is being smothered under the smoke of burning garbage.
Here is the problem: The burning of garbage represents a whole systems failure. It’s what happens when there’s overconsumption, littering, not enough waste segregation, too few sorting facilities, and not enough landfills.
But the good news is that there is no shortage of solutions. If the BBMP makes this a priority, and invests/enforces accordingly, we can not only end garbage burning in our beautiful city, but it will also be major step forward in addressing the problem of waste management itself.
We already have 4 Indian cities on the list of 10 most polluted cities in the world. Let’s not add Bangalore to that list. Let’s help Bangalore be recrowned as the ‘garden city’ of India.
Join us in telling the BBMP that garbage burning is illegal and the ban on open garbage burning must be enforced immediately!