Making it a Swacch RBI Layout

Residents, fed up of people who throw garbage outside, get down to work and deal with the stink! Now they're sure those who saw them working won't throw waste on streets.

Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan was carried out on June 10, 2018, Sunday morning from 9 am to 11 am in RBI Layout JP Nagar 7th phase, Bengaluru. Around 50 residents participated in the drive, to cover almost 30 roads, and collected more than 25 sacks of paper, plastics, liquor bottles, etc. thrown in the roads, drainage etc.

This drive cannot make the city clean immediately, but it will wake up sleeping people. It will bring change in the mindset of people who throw garbage everywhere. The programme organised by RBI Layout Resident Welfare Association was supported by BBMP staff of JP Nagar 7th phase. Residents worked in five different teams and each team covered 4 to 5 roads.

Ordinary people do not like to touch garbage by hand even after wearing gloves. People may touch their house garbage but how many will get down the drain and clean it? Most of the residents are well-to-do educated people, they will rarely get into a drain. However, during this event, residents got down to work, just like any worker on the street. They will not keep quiet when someone throws garbage in the road because they know the value of cleaning.

A lot of liquor bottles and tetra packs were collected. Participants were mostly senior citizens retired from RBI and NABARD, there were also a few youngsters and few children. However participation from youngsters was very less. We felt conducting such exercises more frequently, involving more youngsters, and using better gloves were the way forward.

In the long run, Bengaluru’s garbage problem can be solved only if all citizens become alert. Such drives will wake up selfish and sleeping citizens and sensitise them to the city’s growing garbage menace.



  1. Sudhakar says:

    Great initiative by RBI residents. I hope it inspire many others to take part and initiate their own programs to keep the surrounding clean.

  2. Amit says:

    At the time of voting, the people vote for corrupts and communals. What is the use of such initiatives, if they continue to pay taxes without getting any work done by those who should be doing the work?

    We live in an apartment and pay Rs 3 per sq feet per month, which is sufficient for backup power (daily 1 hour power cut from BESCOM is usual), water tanker (very little water comes from govt supply), common electricity, garbage collection, and cleaning of all the common areas. Our apartment is very clean.

    We pay lakhs of rupees as taxes annually but do not get adequately in return from the government. There is no use of cleaning public spaces if we are afraid to politically obtain our rights, including, clean surroundings.

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