While talking about solid waste in the urbanite states of South India, Karnataka bears one of the worst records in South India, according to the buzz. Compared to the other states of India like Gujarat, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Delhi, Karnataka is one of most polluted state in India, as per sources. There are some major states, which treat lesser waste than Karnataka such as Jammu & Kashmir, Odisha and West Bengal.
According to the reports of Central Pollution Controlled Board (CPCB) and the ministry of urban affairs, India generates minimum 1.45 lakh tones of garbage every day; among the trash, only 50% is just processed, and the remaining waste being predisposed in the landfills.
As per the current affairs of 2019 January, Karnataka generated about 10,000 tones every day, and among those trashes, only 32 % is processed compared to the other states of India.
If the last report of 2015 is checked then it will be found, the Union Minister of Urban Development (now Vice-President), Mr. M Venkaiah Naidu wrote a letter to the mayors of the Municipality Head, “Municipal solid waste management is a big challenge that confronts our cities. Improper and unscientific handling of waste has its impact aesthetics of the surroundings, but also poses a threat to the public health.”
The waste pollution and aquatic pollution are increasing day by day in Karnataka, but the tech-savvy city Bengaluru is still struggling to find sustainability and proper solution to get rid of the waste of the state.
After giving efforts by the State Government, nothing worked. However, according to the statement of the Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department – Mahendra Jain stated, “What we process may look less now, but if you compare the quality the processing, we’re much better than other states. Our segregation at source is one of the best in India, and the model we use to create compost is also better than others.”
With the progress report, Mr. Jain also added, “We’ve already signed about 3 MoUS to generate electricity from waste and there are some other projects for waste management too. Once all these works are complete, we’ll have more capacity than the waste generated.
With the progressive works for the betterment of Karnataka, hard efforts and scientific process of waste management are still in progress to set a new example and make a pollution-free environment in Karnataka. Not only the Government of the state, but it’s also a prime responsibility of the citizens to make the state clean home to dwell.
Author: Sarmistha Banerjee