It is not Sneha vs PKs, but citizen vs garbage mafia: Sneha Nandihal

It is not Sneha vs PKs, but citizen vs garbage mafia: Sneha Nandihal

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-10-11 11:49 Bengaluru: The spat between BBMP pourakarmikas and garbage activist Sneha Nandihal, on whose front yard tonnes of garbage was dumped by pourakarmikas three days ago, is not over yet, as the pourakarmikas are contemplating legal action against Sneha.On October 7, three truckloads of municipal waste was dumped in front of Sneha’s home. Workers claim Sneha had abused them whereas Sneha is maintaining that the garbage mafia had taken revenge for her garbage activism.Kanchana, a pourakarmika, said, “She is not the one who pays our salaries but she abuses us every day.” Kanchana said they wanted to “teach her a lesson” by showing “how tough the job is”. “Hence a collective decision was taken to dump waste at her house. We do our duties properly as each one of us has to report to the higher authorities at the end of the day," she said.Kaliamma, another worker, had a similar complaint. “We too have self-respect. She boasts of segregating waste at her home. We have a huge amount of garbage to collect. It is very difficult job and we start our day at 5.30am,” she said.The workers have now approached Balan, Pourakarmikas' Association President, Bengaluru, for legal options claiming they will not be able to work peacefully.Rubbishing claims of mixing hotel waste with the house waste, Narsimha, supervisor, Pourakarmikas, Hoyasala Nagar, said, “She [Sneha] is very rude. She keeps abusing them and hence they dumped the waste. I had received similar complaints but nothing can be done. I had to convince my workers and ask them to cooperate with residents.”Sneha, who is a member of I Change Indiranagar and into garbage activism for the past four years, said she had been targeted as the garbage mafia wanted to sideline her.She said the mafia was not allowing her to implement her “micro-plan” which envisages using official infrastructure for collection of waste exclusively from residents. "But these contractors were using autos to collect waste from hotels and restaurants.  These properties are identified as bulk generators. I scuttled their nexus and now an authorized agency is taking that waste. I also complained about this issue to the higher officials. Hence the garbage mafia is blaming me through these workers,” she said, adding that it was “not Sneha vs PKs. But it is citizen vs garbage mafia."S Anand, local corporator, denied having any role in the dispute. “My name is simply being dragged here. When the incident happened, I was at some other place. Before I could reach, the PKs had cleared the waste. When I inquired, I found out that the PKs had dumped garbage to take revenge against as she had abused them,” he said.