BANGALORE: There were no people at the first public grievance meeting convened by the BBMP’s Solid Waste Management (SWM) Cell. Reason: Lack of publicity.
Recently, Special Commissioner (SWM) Darpan Jain had issued a press release stating that a public grievance meeting would be held between 12 noon and 2 pm at his office on every Monday as there are many complaints and reports related to garbage disposal.
However, on Monday, in the first-ever meeting, people did not turn up. A BBMP official said authorities did not give much publicity, except an advertisement in section of media. “They could have informed Resident Welfare Associations or printed pamphlets about this and distributed them at public places like parks. With lack of publicity, how can one expect people at such meetings?” he asked.
“Jain was on leave on Monday. He is down with fever. But he asked the staff in his office to note down the contact numbers (of the people) and their complaints so that he can address them once he is back at the office. But there were no people at all,” said the official.