Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2016-01-08 19:57 Bengaluru: For the residents in a colony of economic weaker section at Kadugondanahalli (KG Halli) waste management has been a challenge as the filthy streets, garbage mounds and unhygienic conditions rule the area since long time but not anymore. Institute of Public Health (IPH), a city based not for profit organization, in association with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Sarvagna Health Care Institute (SHCI), a not for profit trust, kick started a project to change KG Halli on Friday. As part of the programme, waste segregation and collection at source was initiated at the EWS quarters. This is a pilot project supported by German based organization Misereor. During the launch, residents were provided with two separate bins and awareness material about wet and dry waste for each house and NGO members had created awareness about the importance of segregation at source. KJ George, Bengaluru Development minister, inaugurated the program and said, “Giving 2 bins for collection of wet and dry waste and information materials to all the houses and educating them about segregation is a good initiative”. Urban Health Action Research Team of the IPH has been addressing health related issues and other social issues in KG Halli since 2009. During their interaction with the area residents, they came across problems with the waste management process and found that the same was one of the main problems for the sad state of affairs there. To address this issue IPH has joined hand with BBMP and SHCI and the result is the project initiated on Wednesday. Dr Thriveni BS, Public Health Researcher and Faculty at IPH is working in KG Halli for nearly 7 years. “During our interaction with the community, children, teachers and doctors, one thing which unanimously came out to be the major problem was the issue of waste and the stigma attached to it. We are happy that waste management process has been initiated at KG Halli and learning from this will help us to better manage in other areas,” she said. Yathish Kumar said “It is very important to create awareness in the community about wet and dry waste, so that it becomes easy for further processing, it is a good initiative by an NGO helping hands to solve the issue of waste management”. Thriveni BS said, “this process will be followed up closely and documented to understand the effectiveness of this initiative and to scale it up to other areas in a phased manner”. Nausheer Ahmed, Corporator KG Halli ward, BBMP officials, IPH and SHCI team members were present during the inaugural function of this initiative.