BANGALORE: The Health and Animal Husbandry departments in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) are working on creating awareness on safe disposal of waste generated during Bakrid, as more than 50,000 sheep and goats will be slaughtered. The three-day festival will be observed from Sunday.
“We will rope in health inspectors from all wards to sensitise the public ahead of Bakrid and talk to community members about effective waste disposal,” said Shivaram Bhat, joint director, Animal Husbandry Department, BBMP.
He said the BBMP joint commissioner has already given standing instructions on solid waste disposal during the festival. “The role of the Animal Husbandry Department is limited and the Health Department has a big task at hand. But the joint commissioner has asked us to help prepare a plan of action,” he said.
He added that the civic body’s focus is the east zone where a large part of the Muslim community resides. However, awareness campaigns will also be taken up at JJ Nagar, Bismillah Nagar, Tilak Nagar, BTM Layout, Jayanagar 9th Block, another official said.
These areas will also be monitored during the festival. He said people can bring animals to the corporation slaughter houses at Tannery Road and Usman Road. “Small animals like sheep and goats will be charged `20 and for large animals like cattle, it will be `50,” the official said.
BBMP’s joint commissioner for health Yatish Kumar said the civic body has decided to spring into action as stray dogs often drag animal waste to the streets.
A Short-term Solution
A small animal generates about 14 kilograms of waste while a large one generates 45 kg. In areas where the Muslim population is high, the residents will be told to dig a pit in the ground and bury the waste. Meanwhile, BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana said this is just a temporary arrangement for Bakrid and a long-term solution of setting up a biogas plant at BBMP’s slaughter house is being considered. “In a few days, we will prepare a report on how to go about that,” he told Express.
Maqsood Imran Rashadi, Khateeb-O-Imam, Jamia Masjid, Bangalore, said leaders from the community recently held talks with Home Minister K J George and Information Minister Roshan Baig seeking a corporation vehicle in each BBMP ward to pick up animal waste. He said appeals have been made to mosques to collect the waste in sacks and put them in the corporation vehicle.