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Sakuntala Narasimhan is a Jayanagar based writer, musician and consumer activist.

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  1. When BATF with its ignorant corporate profiteers as members banned dustbins in Bangalore over a decade ago, they took imbecility to a new low. It is not too land to disband this dimwitted cohort and do two things:

    1) Bring back large community dustbins with compartments marked for dry, wet and plastic waste. They have the funds so long as they don’t embezzle them by creating scams to that effect.

    2) Purchase the dustbins and the trucks with automated crane arm chasses which lift the dustbins up, dump them into the truck and place the emptied bins back — all in 5 minutes. The truck-dustbin combo comes as a single purchase kit. Check out Noida, Surat, Chennai — these Indian cities are role models in garbage disposal and treatment. No shame in this.

    3) Clean up the garbage bins on a daily basis. They have the funds so long as they don’t embezzle them by creating scams to that effect.

    4) Cut the pourakarmika part-time workforce by 40%, and stop the employment scam incubated by BATF at taxpayer cost, which many Bangaloreans are still not wise to. These pouras do only dushkarma, karma is at a discount, while garbage is in surplus mode.

    5) Most important, take a trip to Surat or Chennai (not Germany or Norway) and a tutorial from the municipal corporations there on solid waste management. The ego won’t hurt as the returns will be immense.

    BBMP can definitely do the above if they have the will to clean up their stables and make the corrupt ‘Contractor Raj’ a thing of the past.

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