Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Thursday slapped a penalty of Rs 1 lakh on Instakart, a subsidiary of e-commerce startup Flipkart for burning garbage in open land near their office in Bellandur. This is the first instance where the civic body has imposed such a hefty fine.
“BBMP has fined #Instakart, a subsidiary of Flipkart, for burning garbage in open land near their office in Bellandur Ward 150. The company had been warned earlier too,” BH Anil Kumar, Commissioner of BBMP posted on the micro-blogging platform Twitter.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) and Karnataka State Pollution Control (KSPCB) had instructed the BBMP to ensure a complete ban on open garbage burning in the City. The KSPCB said that about 12% of the air pollution in the City is due to the burning of garbage and leaves.
“Bangalore is one of the few cities in India whose civic agency has a dedicated department for waste management. Despite this “organised” approach, burning of garbage is rampant in the city, especially in Whitefield, KR Puram, Bellandur, RR Nagar and Jayamahal,” Bangalore-based campaigning startup Jhatkaa.org had said while launching the campaign against garbage burning in the City. “Most incidents happen at night and at the hands of illegal contractors.”
They said the fumes that emanate from such reckless burning are toxic and cause serious respiratory ailments like asthma. “Garbage burning is also a leading cause of air pollution. It doesn’t help that in the past few years with rapid urbanisation, increase in the number of vehicles and construction activities, Bangalore’s air quality has dipped severely affecting the health of residents,” the campaign note read.
BBMP officials said the civic body would also penalise pourakarmikas if they are found burning garbage — which is a common complaint by residents.