Using tricolour where images of gods fail!

Will tricolour deter people from dumping waste in vacant plots? Josephine Joseph tries a unique method to stop people from dumping.

It’s been a year since we moved to this home in ISRO Layout. A terrace for the kids to play, another terrace for our Kambha / stand-in pot and yet another one for my terrace garden plot. Perfect? No. What set off the home-happiness balance was the empty plot next door. It’s been a year long journey of attempts to locate the owner, getting BBMP to stop dumping in the site and stop burning garbage and dry leaves in the site. Telling the PKs, calling the BBMP control room, catching supervisors in action setting fire to garbage piled up.

We finally paid a bomb and got it ‘cleaned’ (clean is an extremely subjective word). We got a banner printed, we did contemplate pictures of Gods or popular faces to instill the fear of God, but since we didn’t have any allegiance to them we hoped the hint of the tricolor will work. What we did maybe clutching on to straws, may be a short term but we had to try. The whole exercise of chasing and then doing it yourself does take its toll mentally, so I give my other half more than cent percent marks for seeing it through till here!

We have no clue what we have brought upon ourselves. Lighter wallets for sure, but with the hope that at least for a few weeks or months even, our home and that of all the neighbours around is smoke free and healthy!

Related Articles

All it took was Rs 850/- to fix the ugly spot in Church Street
The Ugly Indian releases blackspot fixing report card


  1. frg says:

    Please post the image used to print the banner online for public usage

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Similar Story

City Buzz: Delhi ranks 350th in global index | Heat wave grips north… and more

In other news: Heat-related illnesses claim lives; Urban women in salaried jobs at 6-yr low and Delhi issues first bus aggregator licence.

Delhi ranks 350 in global index; no Indian city in top 300 Oxford Economics’ new ‘Global Cities Index’ report ranks Delhi at 350, the highest among 91 Indian cities. This was the first edition of the index, released on 21st May by the global advisory firm, Oxford Economics, which is assessing metropolitan cities across 163 countries on five parameters - economics, human capital, quality of life, environment, and governance. The top three cities in the list are New York, London and San Jose. In the category of human capital, which “encompasses the collective knowledge and skills of a city’s population,” measured…

Similar Story

Bengaluru citizens’ solutions to combat civic activism fatigue

Citizens cite diversity, recognition, a sense of ownership, and ward committees as vital to keep the flame of civic activism alive.

(In part 1 of the series Srinivas Alavilli and Vikram Rai wrote about their experience of moderating the masterclass, 'Is there burnout in civic activism?’, at the India Civic Summit, organised by Oorvani Foundation. Part 2 covers the discussions and insights by the participants)  The 35 plus participants in the masterclass-'Is there burnout in civic activism?', at the India Civic Summit, organised by Oorvani Foundation, were divided into six groups, who shared their observations and solutions to civic activism apathy. While nine questions were put to vote, the following six got the maximum votes in the following order:  Is there…