Sadly, Bangaloreans can no longer brag about the ‘natural air-conditioning’ in the city. The summers are getting hotter and hotted with garbage burning adding to it. After the lockdown, Jhatkaa.org has noticed that there has been a rise in garbage dumping and burning in Bangalore. Members have been sharing photos and news of these offenses.
Yet BBMP citing reasons such as unavailability of adequate removal measures, and manpower (diverted to lockdown duties) has not been able to enforce penalties as they should. 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.
Our campaign is called #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.
Any time you spot garbage burning in the city, send the photos and location to us via WhatsApp on +918071279559. Let's tell the BBMP that garbage burning is illegal and the ban on open garbage burning must be enforced immediately!