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I think Bengaluru was better off when it had garbage bins at the corner of roads. At least people would throw garbage in the bins. But now, all of Bengaluru is littered with garbage. In every area, there are two or three spots where garbage is thrown by people, on the road or in front of someone else’s home.
So why has the Swachh Bengaluru campaign failed?
Because BBMP collection guys demand money to collect garbage from house to house.
No proper timings intimated to residents for garbage pickup.
BBMP collection vehicles demand close to Rs 200 per house from apartments, to pick up their garbage, so they dump on the road at night.
Corporators do not visit their wards or take necessary measures to stop littering. Corporators visit their wards only during election time, when they need votes. Most of the roads in Bengaluru were laid recently only because of elections.
BBMP demands a hefty amount as road cutting fee and over that, a bribe. Though the roads stay the same for several years, their bribe does not reduce.
If citizens complain about the garbage problem online, they are penalised and threatened by BBMP officers. The first information they ask for is “where do u stay and what is your phone number”, so it is easy to shut the person who points out.
No door to door campaigns done by BBMP to educate people below the poverty line about littering, or to distribute dustbins etc. There is no communication between the people’s representative and residents of the city.
I would blame the failure of the Swachh Bengaluru campaign on BBMP’s negligence.