The Karnataka High Court on Friday warned the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) that it could issue orders for superseding the elected representatives on the city council if a dispute between councillors and the city corporation authorities over new garbage disposal contracts continues to hold garbage disposal in the city to ransom.
The High Court’s warning and demand for an action taken report on measures taken by the BBMP for garbage disposal in the city by November 5 came even as the chairman of the top IT firm Wipro Azim Premji called for a citizen’s movement against the apathy of the civic authorities.
The High Court in the course of the hearing of a series of petitions pending before it since July this year on garbage disposal in Bangalore has been trying to facilitate the streamlining of disposal through segregation and appropriate disposal mechanisms as mandated for sustainable growth of cities.
Despite the BBMP giving the court assurances of implementing garbage segregation at source (in homes and commercial enterprises) from October 1 the garbage disposal problem has aggravated over the last two months with elected representatives in the city council resisting efforts to change to new garbage contracts to reflect the new segregation system imposed on citizens.
Coupled with a problem of shortage of landfills on the outskirts of the city to dump the garbage from the city (amid protests by local residents at a prominent site used for the last 12 years) garbage has piled around the city over the past month even as the waste segregation at source system has failed to take off amid citizen apathy.
On Friday the High Court Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen said “every citizen in Bangalore has been suffering because of the garbage problem. Every citizen has a right to see garbage is disposed of properly by the BBMP”.
The Bench said it would not hesitate to pass an order to supersede the BBMP council if there was any interference by the elected representatives in the BBMP administration’s efforts for disposal of garbage.
Premji, speaking at his company headquarters, said Bangalore’s citizens would need to launch an agitation to counter the problem of apathy of its civic agencies towards garbage and pollution control.
“I think it is a very serious problem. The amount of viral fever that is going around in Bangalore, the pollution that is released into the lakes even though there