Littering black spots take JP Nagar’s rank down

Bangalore BBMP Karnataka

Fine rates fall by Rs. 28,250 between March and April, 2021

JP Nagar’s ranking for waste management fell by four places between March 2021 and April 2021 according to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) Solid Waste Management Report.

In JP Nagar 2nd Phase and 6th Phase, garbage dumps on the street violate littering norms.  

However, Junior Health Inspector (JHI), Jaya Prakash (J.P.) Nagar said, “No violators have been penalized in September”.

According to the BBMP’s SWM 2021 report, J.P. Nagar Ward No. 177 ranked 16th for segregation in March. But in April, it dropped to the 20th place.

The total collection of fines in March was Rs. 28,500. However in April, the total fine collection fell to Rs. 250. The BBMP’s solid waste management law 2019, fines – violators Rs.1000 for the first offence and Rs. 2000 for a repetitive offence.

The solid waste management law, 2019, also covers the segregation of solid waste.

Soumyashanto Mandal, Urban Planning Consultant-Revised Master Plan,-Bangalore 2031, BBMP said “The purpose of BBMP’s re-introduction of garbage bins in 2017 was to efficiently manage waste across the city”.

However, most of the bins in JP Nagar are not functional because they are not in a shape to hold the segregated waste.

Rakesh, a flower vendor, has been constantly requesting pedestrians to avoid littering as they turn into breeding grounds for mosquitoes and produce odour.

Anitha Sunkara, Pathology Professor at Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad said, “Flies from garbage waste can cause infections such as salmonella which causes typhoid fever, food poisoning and gastroenteritis. It can also trigger upper respiratory tract infections and fungal infections.”

Sivaram Tadepalli, resident of Sobha Tulip, JP Nagar 6th Phase said, “The collection of segregated waste is conducted without a miss. Wet waste is collected everyday and dry waste is collected thrice a week i.e., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.”

About door-to-door collections and wet waste segregation, Kalyan Mohan, JHI, BBMP said, “There has been constant improvement in the segregation level of J.P. Nagar. The ward ranks first in the South Zone for waste segregation.”