Bulk generators need not fret over BBMP notice; WM & composting is no rocket science

typesIn today’s newspapers, representatives from several apartments in Bangalore, which have been classified as ‘bulk generators’ (BGs), have severely criticised the BBMP’s latest move to slap them with a fine of Rs 25,000-Rs 50,000 if they fail to manage their own waste and compost wet waste. Continue reading

Community composting-1: Platform composting, the simplest & the best

8Quite a few community composting methods have evolved over the last few years, but I thought of kicking off this series with my personal favourite: Platform composting. That’s because it’s the easiest, the simplest, the most cost-effective and a hassle-free aerobic solution to compost both your kitchen and garden waste. Continue reading

Mandur & Mavallipura won’t let garbage trucks in after Nov 30, ready for protests

M Ramesh of Ramagondanahalli and Srinivas of Mavallipura tell they will not let a single garbage-laden truck enter the landfill.

DSS activists M Ramesh of Ramagondanahalli (in grey T-shirt) and Srinivas of Mavallipura (first from right) tell they will not let a single garbage-laden truck enter the landfill.

Hope floats in Mandur

“Yes, we are hopeful that the Chief Minister will stick to his word and we will see the end of it on November 30.”

If “Hope is a waking dream”, we saw it come alive in all its vibrant hues when V Srinivas and Mukund Rao of Mandur spoke at length on how earnestly they are hoping for an end to the agony that’s simply beyond human endurance. Continue reading

Let there be Deepavali here & may it never end…

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If Deepavali is all about dispelling the darkness, it must first arrive in the corridors of power, enter the corrupt vaults of bureaucracy and annihilate the callousness towards those living on the fringes in Mandur and Mavallipura. Let this light filter out into the streets, roll between the huts and the high-rises, and settle over the sidewalks. Continue reading

This is how black it gets at Mavallipura

This is how polluted the water is in one of the spots near the Mavallipura landfill. As written in a previous article, the streams starts with yellowish water and a few minutes later, black water begins to flow out. When you stick your nose to it, you will find that the stink remains the same irrespective of its colour. The Zilla Panchayat has put up a notice and shut down this borewell.

But the crisis does not end here! Continue reading

Mavallipura landfill water pollution: Entire Bangalore could be just 2.5 kms away

A file photo of an inspection of the Mavallipura landfill leachate drain by the Solid Waste Management Round Table members.

A file photo of an inspection of the Mavallipura landfill leachate drain by the Solid Waste Management Round Table members.

We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality. – Ayn Rand

Mavallipura landfill maybe located miles away from your home depending on where you live. But the consequences of sending all our garbage to this giant bin for 10 years have been spreading to far-off corners of Bangalore ever so silently and spitefully. Continue reading

Until the Nobel…

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Kailash Satyarthi

Let’s face this: How many of us knew about Kailash Satyarthi before the Nobel? To be honest, I had read about GoodWeave perfunctorily, but knew nothing about the man behind the mission.

Now everyone is talking about “The philosophy and work of Kailash…” This is how the media fails itself perennially. It fails us, too. Continue reading