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Last updated: Sep 25 2017 03:47 IST RSS 2.0
 
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85 ‘new’ trades yet to be given licences 25.9.2017 Hindu: News
‘Proposal cleared by BBMP council earlier this year awaits government nod’
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Citizens urge govt to streamline solid waste management 24.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Resident welfare associations (RWAs), NGOs and members of the public staged a protest against garbage mafia on Sunday demanding the government to streamline solid waste management (SWM) in the city and bring transparency and accountability in the sector. Voicing their support to the state government's measures, they demanded that along with the direct payment method and biometric attendance for pourakarmikas, BBMP should fast implement the GPS-based monitoring of the garbage trucks. The protest comes in the wake of the state government invoking Essential Services Maintenance Act to make garbage contractors fall in line after they stopped waste collection. Garbage contractors have opposed the government's decision to make direct payments to pourakarmikas, which will essentially take away their hold on civic workers. The government has planned biometric attendance system to remove bogus pourakarmikas from the pay list. Blacklist "It is high time the government blacklists contractors who are part of the ...
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Strike withdrawn, but waste yet to be cleared off many streets 24.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
A day after the state government invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against garbage contractors and pourakarmikas, sanitation workers were back to work on Sunday. Most of them were seen lifting garbage across the city. For the third time in three months, the contractors went on a flash protest on Saturday against the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike's (BBMP) decision to implement the direct payment system for pourakarmikas. The strike brought waste clearance to a halt. Although pourakarmikas have withdrawn the protest, garbage collection in some parts of the city remained affected on Sunday. The festive season added to the problem. "We can understand the problem of the poor pourakarmikas. The government and the BBMP should act fast and oblige them with what they are asking for. The tussle between the authorities and pourakarmikas is creating garbage problems. For the last two days, the BBMP has failed to address the issue," Muthu Raj, of Vyalikaval, said. Kavitha R, of Rajajinagar, ...
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Government asks ACB to probe garbage scam 24.9.2017 deccanherald.com
The Urban Development Department (UDD) has asked the Anti-Corruption Bureau to probe the financial scam by BBMP garbage contractors, in the name of 6,600 fictitious pourakarmikas.

The contractors are said to have cheated the Palike of Rs 934 crore for paying employees, who exist only on paper.

According to the UDD, 83 contractors had cheated the civic body of Rs 550 crore for paying salaries to the fictitious pourakarmikas. These contractors had also not remitted provident fund and ESI contributions, which come to Rs 384 crore.

A survey conducted by the State Safai Karmachari Commission found that there were only 12,400 pourakarmikas as against 19,000 shown by the garbage contractors.


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A thousand mutinies over garbage 24.9.2017 Rediff: News
What will Indian cities do about its growing mountains of waste?
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State invokes ESMA to check garbage crisis 23.9.2017 deccanherald.com
In the wake of garbage contractors threatening to disrupt waste collection in Bengaluru, the state government on Saturday invoked ESMA, prohibiting pourakarmikas and other staff from going on strike for the next one year. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah directed the Urban Development Department to invoke Section 3 of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), which empowers the state government to crack down on protests and strikes that disrupt public services. All pourakarmikas, auto tippers, compact loaders and drivers employed directly by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) or through contractors cannot strike work for the next one year. The ESMA provision covers both pourakarmikas under contract as well as those on the civic body's rolls, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad clarified. The move comes months ahead of the 2018 Assembly elections and at a time when the state government and the BBMP are facing the heat from the public over the recent rain-related chaos. A garbage crisis now, in ...
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BBMP garbage contractors protest direct payment system 23.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
For the third time in three months, garbage contractors prevented pourakarmikas from lifting garbage in the city. The contractors staged a protest against Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Saturday for implementing the direct payment system for pourakarmikas. Yet, the pourakarmikas were determined to continue their work and not heed to contractors. The state Cabinet had approved abolition of the contract system in August and implement the direct payment system where salaries will be directly credited to pourakarmikas bank accounts. At present, contractors hire pourakarmikas and pay them. Implementation of the direct payment system will make 108 contractors involved in garbage contract business for decades, redundant. "We have been working as contractors for several years. The BBMP and the state government cannot implement this without considering us. These ministers are heartless. They know that we will lose our daily bread and yet they are bringing in this scheme," said Balasubramanian, ...
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Villagers resume protest against garbage dumping 23.9.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The residents of villages in Bytarayanapura Assembly constituency blocked road in Bellahalli by blocking roads on Saturday, protesting dumping of garbage. The residents of Mittaganahalli, Kannur, Kogilu Layout, Bella Halli, Srinivasapura, Sathanuru, Bandehosuru and Chikka gubbi took part in the protest. They complained of increasing cases of dengue, chikungunya, malaria and skin diseases due to dumping of garbage. "We have been protesting against this dumping since a long time. We have also requested the government to solve this problem. In June, the BBMP officials had said that the issue will be solved within three months, but have not done anything so far. Hence we have resumed our protest," a resident said. Padmanabha Reddy, leader of the Opposition in BBMP council said that stink emanating from garbage dump pervades villages and they were compelled to shift from the place. He said that the BBMP should find an alternative place for dumping garbage. Muneendra Kumar, BBMP member said leachate from ...
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Peak-hour trucks: Ring Road's worst nightmare 21.9.2017 deccanherald.com
Banned from entering the city's roads during peak hours, heavy transport vehicles are now right back on the hyper-clogged Outer Ring Road. Unregulated entry of these massive, slow-moving trucks has aggravated the traffic congestion, with commuters on the stretch between Silk Board Junction and K R Puram bearing the brunt. The trucks seamlessly pass through five traffic police jurisdictions on this stretch, totally unchecked. Shashidhara Bangalore, an IT professional and a long-time commuter on this stretch, fumes: "They are not stopped anywhere by the Mico Layout, Madiwala, HSR Layout or KR Puram traffic police." A government notification mandates that all goods vehicles with more than three-ton capacity should be banned from entering city limits from 6 am to 10 pm. Only vehicles linked to water supply, garbage, police, military and hearse vehicles are exempted. During peak hours between 8 am and 11 am and from 4 pm to 8 pm, the movement of even vehicles carrying essential services such as milk, ...
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Karnataka govt issues notification banning garbage burning 20.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Burning garbage, leaves or twigs in open spaces will attract a penalty of Rs 5 lakh or up to five years in jail or both.

The state government has issued a notification as per section 19(5) of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981. The notification was issued on the proposal submitted by Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) which aims to prevent health hazards.

"The concentration of particulate matter is increasing in urban areas because of burning of solid waste in open spaces. The ban is imposed within the jurisdiction of all urban local bodies including the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and in all solid waste landfill sites through out the state," said Ramachandra, member secretary, State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA).
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Street play spreads awareness on e-waste at Forum Mall 19.9.2017 Citizen Matters
E-waste is going to be the biggest waste nightmare Bengaluru will see, in a few years. This is what Saahas has been doing to spread awareness on it. ...
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BBMP refuses to pay dry waste collectors in Bellandur 18.9.2017 Citizen Matters
It has been six months since separate dry waste collection started in Bellandur ward. But the service provider who has collected dry waste for last six months has not been paid. In February, the Bruhat ...
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Poor policing could turn Hebbal into a crime den, say residents 16.9.2017 deccanherald.com
Lack of proper policing threatens to turn the localities in the Hebbal Assembly segment into hubs of crime, residents chorused in unison on Saturday. "We find young boys smoking ganja in almost every street. The police haven't taken any stringent action despite several complaints," Keshava Murthy, of Ganganagar, said at 'Janaspandana - Citizens for Change', a civic grievance redress programme organised by DH and Prajavani in RT Nagar. Many participants echoed him. J Venkataraman, another resident, said drag racing and wheelies were common on many congested roads. "Hoysala patrol cars arrive here for namesake," he said. "Every night, about 20-30 motorcyclists take part in a high-speed race. Most of these vehicles neither have number plates nor silencers." Firoz Khan, Inspector, RT Nagar police station, said about 1,500 cases had been registered in the previous year for rash driving. "We will form a special squad to catch these people and solve the problem at the earliest," he promised. Hebbal MLA, Y A ...
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Solid waste management sector reforms fail to take off in city 16.9.2017 Hindu: Home
BBMP officials and city residents accuse councillors of stonewalling such initiatives
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'Remove encroachment near lakes' 15.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Residents demanded that encroachments on Kacharakanahalli and Banaswadi lakes be cleared and dumping of garbage in the water bodies be stopped. United Bengaluru Foundation, led by freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, inspected the lake falling under the Yellamallappa Chetty Lake Series on Saturday. A group consisting of lake and urban experts, members of lake groups, elected representatives and government officials inspected these lakes and interacted with residents. Madhu Varadarajan, a local resident said, "BBMP trucks are dumping garbage near the lake and slums have occupied the land near the lake." Another resident V Kamala said, "The ground water level has fallen due to the encroachment of the lake. With lack of smooth flow, rainwater is gushing into houses." Doreswamy said, "There is a desperate need for a collaborative effort to reclaim and protect our lakes. Houses and temples have been built years ago in the lake area.'' "There is a plan to build a park, a swimming pool and a hospital on the land near ...
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Stone quarry swallows waste, spews out a garden 15.9.2017 Hindu: Home
The civic body showcases the success of an experiment at Bagaluru Bande
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Janaspandana for residents of Hebbal 14.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Often, citizens complain that their grievances not being heard. But now, Deccan Herald and Prajavani will bring 'Janaspandana - Citizens for Change' an interactive platform for residents of Hebbal constituency to air their grievances to the officials concerned. MLAs, corporators, BBMP, Bescom, BWSSB and police department officials will participate in the programme. Problems related to street lights, garbage dumping and disposal, road safety, potholes, drinking water shortage, parks and lakes can be brought to the notice of the officials. Areas such as Radha Krishna Temple ward, Sanjay Nagar, Ganganagar, Hebbal, Vishwanatha Nagenahalli, Manorayanapalya, Gangenahalli and Jayachamarajendra Nagar will be covered in this programme. The programme is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, at HMT Playgrounds, opposite police station, RT Nagar from 10 am to 1 pm. If you are a resident of Hebbal and wish to speak about the woes of your locality, kindly register with the programme at ...
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Bengaluru’s Mayors: What they can do, what they have done 14.9.2017 Citizen Matters
Bengaluru is gearing up for Mayor election yet again. Did you know that the Mayor of Bengaluru can do many things, despite all limitations that the post has? »
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Woes spill over 12.9.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
The last few weeks have been hell for Bengalureans. The late evening and predawn downpour has wreaked havoc on the roads, exposing infrastructural shortcomings of the City and its civic authorities. Flooded roads, uprooted trees and overflowing manholes have now become a common sight across the city. Young Bengalureans blame it on the short-sightedness of government authorities and point out that only a few immediate preventive measures could save the city from further mess. They suggest regular pruning of tree branches, cleaning of drains and manholes and filling of potholes well before Monsoons arrive. Musa Shahed, a student of St Joseph's College of Commerce, says "The first thing that the government needs to do is clean the drains and prune the weak branches of trees ahead of the Monsoons. When it rains, water from the drains overflows onto the roads and this is what causes flooding. Even some of the newly laid out roads have no space for water to drain out. These are a few small things that can go a ...
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Swarathma leads from the front at a musical cleanathon 12.9.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
Music to get a cleanathon going
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