Bangalore Buzz: the city falls in the ranking of Swachh | New healthcare facilities promised… and more

CM Bommai inaugurates a unit at Jayadeva Hospital. Photo: Facebook/Chief Minister of Karnataka

City loses 15 ranks to Swachh Survekshan

Ranked 43 out of 45 cities (among those with a population above 10 lakhs), Bangalore fell 15 places in Swachh Survekshan, 2022. Last year, it was 28th out of 48 cities. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs published the list of the cleanest cities on October 1, evaluated on three parameters rated at 7,500 for progress in the level of service, certification and the voice of citizens. The BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) scored 2,892.98.

Nearly Rs 1,500 crore has been spent on solid waste management per year. Sources said delays in preparing reports, disputes over the choice of consultants and strict qualification standards led to the downfall.

Although BBMP tried to get a three star rating, it didn’t get any results because it didn’t seem to handle much of the garbage. It had earned points in the open defecation free category, but had failed to qualify for the “water++” or “garbage free city” certifications.

Source: Indian Express, Deccan Herald

Action on health

Whereas inaugurating a 50-bed sub-centre at the Jayadeva Heart Institute and a 46-bed pediatric intensive care unit at the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital of KC General Hospital, Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai on Thursday announced many promises. He said KC General Hospital Malleswaram will be developed on the model of Victoria Hospital and four multi-specialty hospitals along with 243 Namma clinics will soon be established. Other pledges included a 200-bed MCH and a 50-bed trauma care center in the hospital, upgrading of 20 PHCs (Primary Health Centers), Rs 500 crore for free cochlear implantation for the poor and cancer treatment centers in 12 locations.

About 243 of the state’s 438 clinics are being set up in BBMP Limits, said the Minister of Health and Medical Education, K. Sudhakar. Each clinic will have a doctor, a nurse, a lab technician and a Group “D” employee.

Source: The Indian Express, The Hindu

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The waste generated explodes after the festival

More than 100 Durga pandals, decorated buildings, vehicles, BMTC buses and other Dasara events left behind piles of wet waste. Many shopping areas including KR Market, Yeshwanthpur, Gandhi Bazaar, Hebbal and Shivaji Nagar were littered with plantain stalks, ash gourds, loose flowers and garlands. Residential areas had broken ash gourds, lemons and flower garlands in vacant sites or street corners.

Officials from the Solid Waste Management (SWM) wing said that every day around 4.5 to 5,000 tons of waste is generated in the city, but it increases by 20% to 30% during festivals.

Source: The Hindu

QR codes at traffic lights for medical help

Traffic police, BBMP and hospitals in Manipal posted QR codes at traffic light intersections to rescue victims in medical emergencies and provide first aid and cardiac medicine services. Manipal Hospitals explained that the codes can help a person log into the emergency number with one click and be directed to ambulance services.

A week after World Heart Day, it was launched to enable first aid such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other emergency services. The code explains the steps to follow to help revive an affected person, since most of the Indian population does not know how to use it effectively and especially tends to forget the emergency numbers.

Source: The Indian Express

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Working group to fill potholes

The BBMP has set up a 11-member working group for the integrated operation, supervision and implementation of the pothole filling, led by Chief Engineer BS Prahlad, with the heads of eight areas, and the Chief Engineer of the project division of the BBMP. The team will repair potholes based on complaints raised under the “FixMyStreet” software.

potholes on sarjapura road
The BBMP is criticized for poor pothole filling. Photo: Ekta Sawant

A divisional bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe heard a PIL on Friday (public interest litigation) filed by four individuals regarding the patching of potholes on roads under the jurisdiction of the BBMP.

During the hearing, counsel for the BBMP submitted a report on action taken explaining that 10 encroachments have been removed from September 19, 2022 to date, although another 592 encroachments are to be removed. It was also claimed that 221 potholes on major roads were filled using hot mix asphalt.

However, the bench said the report did not appear satisfactory and warned that if the BBMP did not show progress it would withhold engineers’ salaries.

Source: Deccan Herald, Indian Express

Anti-encroachment drive stops

The anti encroachment reader seems to have stopped for lack of investigators. The BBMP has asked the revenue department to re-examine the rajakaluves, or storm drains, before sending bulldozers. However, since surveying the property is a huge task and the equipment is unavailable during the festival, the anti-encroachment campaign is halted. But Revenue Minister Ashoka said authorities could resume demolition of large rajakaluves.

Nearly 650 encroachments have been identified in eight areas. Officials said they had cleared around 100 in a month. Encroachments that have been razed so far include Wipro, Rainbow Drive, RMZ EcoSpace, Puravankara Group, Bagmane Group, Prestige Group and Nalapad Academy. Many invaders were motivated to clear the structures on their own, due to public pressure.

The BBMP had been warned by the High Court that if the encroachments on rajakaluves are not cleared, an appropriate order shall be issued against its chief commissioner.

Source: Deccan Herald, The Indian Express

[Compiled by Revathi Siva Kumar]

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