BBMP has said that cluster housing societies (apartments or villas) have to manage their own garbage. These housing complexes do not even have the public water supply system. However, the residents of these clusters are not exempt from any tax or cess to be paid to the BBMP, including the so-called development expenses. How fair is this? Who has to supervise whether these clusters really segregate wet and dry waste and dispose them in the right manner?
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Wet waste management may be supervised by the residents’ welfare associations but only if such apartment complexes have garden space. Many of them hardly have a row of decorative plants in the front and most of them have concreted the entire common area. Now, what happens to the wet waste collected in such clusters? What is the guarantee that the dry waste is not stealthily dumped by these associations illegally on vacant sites nearby? Instead, would it not be right for the BBMP to take care of the garbage produced by these complexes too?
Despite many challenges of such huge housing clusters, apartments are cropping up across the city and property prices are skyrocketing. Why should permission be granted to builders to come up with such clusters, when the city civic authorities are not able to provide the infrastructural support required for the residents? The builders get their share of the booty, the government gets all its taxes, stamp duty and other charges and the various private service providers make merry, while the ultimate sufferer is the common man, who pays everybody through his nose and is then left to manage all the challenges on his own!
Thousands of apartments are lying unsold or unoccupied. Yet new complexes are being constructed all over the city. Thousands of acres of agricultural land, which contained thousands of fully grown trees is being converted into concrete jungles without any foresight or plan. Do the authorities even think of multitude of challenges that the residents may face when they occupy these apartments – traffic, garbage, water, power, etc.?