Bengaluru Mayor Gangambike Calling the Shots: Shops fined for using Plastic, A Lake’s Arch Enemy

Kempambudhi Lake

To deal with people’s selective deafness to topics concerning civic responsibility and, an Iron Hand is sometimes required.

This is exactly what Bengaluru Mayor Gangambike did.

Bengaluru Mayor Gangambike Calling the Shots: Shops fined for using Plastic, A Lake's Arch Enemy 1
Bengaluru Mayor Gangambike.
Source: United Way Bengaluru

She had inspected areas in South Bengaluru related to development projects. Having visited Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple in Gavipuram, she stressed upon the need to renovate the ancient temples of Bengaluru. However, she also emphasized that bettering the city’s infrastructure would be given higher priority.

And the first thing on her list for the city was cleanliness and health of the city and its citizens. She had asked the officials to conduct drives against plastic use in the city’s shops.

This resulted in the medical officer of health (MOH) from Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Wednesday raiding shops in the Jayanagar area and fining shops Rs 1.5 lakh for using plastic covers.

Plastic, the Noose around the Lake’s Neck

Also, locals complained to the mayor when she paid a visit to Kempambudhi Lake about the lake getting contaminated due to sewage water being released into it. She immediately ordered BBMP that the sewage be diverted away from the lake.

Bengaluru Mayor Gangambike Calling the Shots: Shops fined for using Plastic, A Lake's Arch Enemy 2
Source: United Way Bengaluru

One has to understand the link between plastic and the lakes since most of the plastic refuse finds its way into the bosom of the lake. It not only chokes the lakes but also enter the digestive systems of the aquatic creatures. These microplastic particles slowly rise up the food chain and finally get into the human body by virtue of the fishes being eaten by us.

At the end of the day, we are digging our own graves.

Join us on our journey Wake the Lake project where we set out to fight for Bengaluru’s lakes and its ecosystems.

Read more at https://www.deccanherald.com/city/top-bengaluru-stories/bbmp-fines-shops-using-plastic-covers-741567.html

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