N S Ramakanth: BBMP law is a chance to shun ‘NIMBY attitude’
When you are looking for logical solutions for waste segregation, the best thing to do is consult a walking encyclopaedia. That’s what I did this morning.
Enthusiasm, agility and community spirit—these are but a few qualities that define N S Ramakanth.
After two long stints in Italian and German firms as chief engineer, Mr Ramakanth came back to India in 1989 and devoted himself to making Bangalore a garbage-free city. He is a passionate, die-hard proponent of waste segregation. He relentlessly engages with bureaucrats, NGOs, like-minded activists—especially the younger generation—to further the cause. “Nothing is ‘waste’ until it is considered so,” he says.
“The current BBMP legislation is a golden opportunity to shun our NIMBY (not in my backyard) attitude and work for the community,” says he.
Nearly 4500 households in Kumara Park Extension follow his methods and segregate waste at source. This is done to ensure that the precious biosource in wet waste does not get mixed up with dry waste thereby causing environmental hazard.
“Let’s keep Bangalore garbage-free. It’s possible,” he adds.
I salute his unwavering focus, passion, and enthusiasm.
Pic source: harmonyindia.org
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