Dear CM, Take action against govt offices violating High Court order on SWM

Dear Sir,

Greetings from CIVIC Bangalore! You have promised the citizens of Bengaluru that you will solve the garbage problem at the earliest. Attached please find recent photos that were taken of garbage being littered in government office campuses in the heart of Bengaluru where the highest officials of government sit.

The first picture was taken in the campus of the MS Building, where many Secretaries to government sit.

The second was taken in the campus of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan where State-level officials of the Education Department sit.

The High Court has issued a directive that all government offices should first start segregating their garbage and collect it and store it as per the Ministry of Environment & Forest Rules of 2000; that garbage should always be collected in a closed fashion; that it should be collected in secondary storage containers at collection points when it is not directly transported to the processing units; that it should not touch the ground and be exposed to the environment. The KMC Act has been amended to say that any one littering should be fined and even arrested. As per this, who should be arrested for this gross violation of the Act, Rules and Court directives in these government offices? The Secretaries to Government and officials of the Education department? Against whom should we file Contempt of Court petitions?

If Education Department officials cannot segregate their own garbage and collect it and store it as per the Act, Rules and Court orders, what will they teach the 70 lakh children in their 40,000 schools across the State about garbage management?

Hoping you will take stringent action to ensure that all government offices in all urban areas of the state become models in following the Acts, Rules and Court orders regarding solid waste management before they try to ask citizens not to litter, fining them and arresting them for littering.

With best regards,

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Kathyayini Chamaraj is a freelance journalist writing since 32 years on development issues. She is also the Executive Trustee of CIVIC Bangalore since 2005, which works on issues of urban governance with a rights-based approach.

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