BENGALURU: 75 per cent of the total 11,085 tonnes of waste generated in the state of Karnataka is being dumped in landfill sites or besides lakes without proper treatment, said Subhash B Adi, Head of NGT’s Karnataka’s solid waste management committee. Speaking at the launch of ‘Namma Kasa Namma Javabdhari’ at Raj Bhavan on June 5, Adi highlighted that more than 15 lakh tonnes of waste lies unprocessed in these landfills.
With this initiative, Raj Bhavan will now be tasked with the composting of all its wet and garden waste within its premises itself. Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Governor, said it would be difficult to change the existing negligence for proper solid waste management without the cooperation of citizens. The issue must be brought up in the schools itself. The governor also directed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to impose fines on those who burn garbage.
Earlier, Chief Justice of High Court of Karnataka A S Oka remarked that it was the fundamental duty of all the citizens to protect the environment. “Bengaluru now has the opportunity of participating in this project. Show the country that the city has taken the lead in showing respect and compassion towards the environment,” he said.
The employees of the Bangalore division of South Western Railways pledged for cleanliness on the occasion of World Environment Day. Ashok Kumar Verma, Divisional Railway Manager inaugurated a vertical garden and pet bottle crushing machine at KSR Station. Saplings were distributed to the passengers as well. Verma later told reporters that the Bengaluru division had effectively harnessed solar energy, which has resulted in reduction in expenditure on energy.