BANGALORE: ‘Shoot and act’ seems to be the latest mantra of BBMP for tackling the garbage issue. The BBMP is set to procure digital cameras for all ward engineers and officials concerned to take pictures of those littering in public places. It plans to click-start this action programme soon in all wards.
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BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana directed all chief engineers and other officials of the respective zones to have a digital camera for ward engineers/assistant engineers. While at some zones, they have geared up to procure digital cameras, some have asked engineers to buy one or use their personal cameras. Engineers have been asked to shoot uncleared garbage on the streets after 11am every day.
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Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) Darpan Jain said this was an instruction given at the government level. “The basic purpose of this is to ensure that all black spots are removed. The officials can record it and take action. One can also use their digital cameras as the BBMP is not using its funds to procure cameras. The officials can also use it to shoot any violations during the transportation of waste. For instance, if the vehicles are carrying mixed waste, they can take pictures of it.”
“They can send a weekly or monthly report, along with the action taken report. They can check this whenever they go on rounds. It is a self-driven activity. Zonal commissioners can take action against the violators. If we see no action taken, we can take action against the zonal commissioner,” he added.
Siddegowda, Chief Engineer (Yelahanka), said they have 11 wards in their zone. “We are not calling for tenders. We are asking our engineers to use their personal cameras or buy them in case they do not have one. At present, eight of our assistant engineers and five assistant executive engineers have cameras and only three assistant executive engineers (EEs) are yet to buy them. The engineers have to send the pictures to the zonal commissioner or the head office via email along with the location and time. Some of them are already submitting the hard-copy of the photos along with the location entered in the book.”
Jogi Siddegowda, EE, Dasarahalli zone, said they have called for a tender for 10 digital cameras. “We have eight wards in our zone. Ward engineers and other officials have been told to shoot uncleared waste, debris on the road and also individual houses. If people hand in unsegregated waste, their photos can also be clicked. This is just to streamline the system.”
In 2012, when the garbage crisis started, the then BBMP Commissioner Rajneesh Goel had asked the EEs to buy Android phones available for about `7,000.Those who did not have the phones were asked to buy them and the BBMP later reimbursed the amount.
This attracted criticism from councillors.