Confusion on collecting bio-medical waste puts MCD workers at risk

Home isolation patients complain that the MCD has not been collecting the waste regularly, while MCD workers have been using minimal protection on their rounds. New Delhi: After all three members of Sandeep’s family tested positive for Covid-19, they did not know they would have to take care of the piling garbage at their home along […]

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Second wave leads to open cremations, environment in danger

Makeshift crematoriums increase demand for firewood causing air pollution. Bengaluru: Environmentalists believe that open cremation of a body releases a lot of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, greenhouse gases that cause air pollution. “The mass burning could have been avoided on such a large scale. Whenever wood is being burnt, it doesn’t go under complete combustion. […]

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Dusty factories leave locals gasping for air

Residents and commuters in the vicinity of cement factories complain of respiratory infections and dust accumulation in their houses.   Bengaluru: Residents of Kumbalgodu who live in close proximity to cement factories bear the brunt of dust emissions and other pollutants. A report by the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy states that cement industries contribute to […]

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Pharma companies flourish during the pandemic

Despite growth, pharma companies fail to follow guidelines by the pollution control board. Bengaluru: Amidst the pandemic, the pharma sector has experienced growth with an increased demand for its products. Rakesh P Kanyadi, director at Anglo-French Drugs and Industries Ltd, informed The Observer: “Usually, our workers used to work in two shifts, but, with the […]

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Bannerghatta zoo’s ‘self sustaining’ tag at stake

Bengaluru’s Bannerghatta Biological Park is facing a cash crunch. The zoo cut down on its development projects.  Bengaluru: Bannerghatta zoo officials said they need at least Rs. 2 crores every month to run their operations. The zoo officials have written letters to several corporate companies to lend a hand through their CSR funds.  Footfall is […]

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Roadside Plants in Bangalore Losing It’s Colour

BBMP is unable to maintain the roadside plants due to lack of funds. Roadside plants in Yeshwantpur, Residency Road, Cubbon Park, Koramangla and M.G Road have dried up due to lack of maintenance by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahangar Palike (BBMP). Akansha Dubey, a resident at Kornangala, said, “I remember travelling from the Yeshwantpur metro and […]

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WFH Makes E-waste Recyclers Suffer

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent work-from-homes have pushed the electronic waste industry into limbo. Bengaluru: Salim Pasha, one of the directors at the Eco E-waste Recyclers, ran his business successfully for the past 11 years from Nayandahalli, Bengaluru,  with relative calm until the pandemic hit. From trading in 10-15 tonnes of e-waste every  month, […]

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Silence, Residential zones stay awake with noise

Eight out of the 10 noise monitoring stations spread across Bangalore recorded decibel levels above the permissible limit. Bengaluru: The constant honking at a traffic jam, sounds of modified bike silencers, commotion of jackhammers and cranes working round the clock. All of this keeps the city awake as noise pollution levels stay constantly above the allowed […]

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