Fire at five dry waste collection centres in Bengaluru

The police is investigating fire-related incidents at five Dry Waste Collection Centres in Bengaluru.According to Ms Nalini Sekhar of Hasiru Dala, miscreants destroyed DWCCs at Marathahalli, Gottigere, Ganesh Mandira, Kumaraswamy Layout and JP Nagar between January 25 and February 7.

The BBMP had authorized self-help groups, non-government organizations and waste pickers for door-to-door collection of dry waste in the city and earn a livelihood by recycling such waste. Hasiru Dala wants the BBMP to facilitate a complete investigation of the arson and begin re-construction of the DWCCs within a week. It also wants the civic body to provide all DWCCs in Bengaluru with Fire Insurance (there has been a circular to this effect since 2014) and take up delayed payments of DWCC operators on priority. It has also asked to compensate the DWCC operators for their loss.

Meanwhile, BBMP Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) Randeep D said the BBMP would file a complaint with the police and install CCTVs at the dry waste collection centres, reports The Times of India.

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