Over the past two months, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) slapped notices on 495 apartments in BBMP's Mahadevapura zone,
imposing a fine of Rs 291 crore as 'environmental compensation' charges for violating prescribed standards in treating sewage discharge.
Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF) has strongly condemned Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for its unilateral, unreasonable and illegal penalisation of apartments which have not been able to do in situ composting. BAF is a not-for-profit organisation with a membership base of over 500 apartment complexes across Bengaluru, representing almost one lakh households and three lakh people.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike's (BBMP) recent drive against apartments for not composting waste within their premises has drawn flak from residents.
The Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF), with a membership base of over 500 complexes representing about l lakh households, slammed BBMP for its “unilateral, unreasonable and illegal penalisation of apartments” which haven’t been able to do in-situ composting.
The civic body has started cracking the whip and imposing hefty penalties on apartments that are not composting wet waste in situ, much to ire of residents.
In February 2019, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike had issued a circular that mandated in situ composting in all apartments that collectively produce more than 100 kg of wet waste a day.
The BBMP Solid Waste Management officials said that fines will be imposed on bulk waste generators who are not composing wet waste. Cracking the whip on errant apartment complexes, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike slapped fines on residential buildings in many parts of Bengaluru for not composting wet waste inside their premises.
Apartment dwellers are increasingly turning to technology and home-grown solutions to compensate for the city municipal corporation’s failure to solve poor water supply, sketchy power supply and non-existent waste management.
Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF), a federation representing over one lakh flats and three lakh apartment residents across Bengaluru, will launch MADHURA – ‘Medical Aid for Domestic Help Under Residential Apartments’. As part of MADHURA, BAF will launch a group insurance scheme for all domestic workers. The scheme will cover maids, cooks, drivers, plumbers, electricians etc who work in apartment complexes but are not formally employed.
In what is being seen as a reaction to the recent crackdown by the Bengaluru City Police on illegal Bangladeshi migrants, some apartment complexes in the Whitefield-Marathahalli areas have sought police help in determining the ‘legal identity’ of their Bengali-speaking workers.
In what appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to the latest police crackdown on illegal Bangladeshi migrants, several apartment complexes in the city's tech corridors - Whitefield, Marathahalli and Electronics City — have directed recruitment agencies not to send them Bengali-speaking maids, security guards or other workers.
Following the Bellandur lake fire incident in 2015, new rules that required apartment complexes to set up Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) to treat wastewater within the complex itself were brought in force. Through this, the state government aimed to protect the city's water bodies.
The Banashankari Cluster of Bangalore Apartment Federation conducted a cleanliness drive with BBMP, targeting blackspots and garbage dumping sites in the Locality.
To specially mark the 150th birth year of Gandhiji, the Bangalore Apartments Federation (BAF) have encouraged all the 520 apartment complexes it represents to participate in India’s biggest festival of giving.
Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF), which represents around 450 apartment complexes, has called upon the State government to “declare a water emergency”, by incentivising low water usage and penalising those who use excess water.
Srikanth said: “We from the federation are encouraging apartments to go for recharge wells, harvest more rain water, have efficient STPs, install aerators for taps and reuse water from RO purifiers."
The state government's proposal to freeze all apartment constructions in the city for the next five years has come under severe criticism from realtors, apartment federations as well as the public.
Recently, 670 Bengalureans signed a petition launched by the Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF) to conserve water through various measures, keeping in mind the current water crisis the city is currently facing. This petition was for the citizens as opposed to the usual address to the authoritiesl
BAF said they have started a fight against unscrupulous and discriminatory practices of the water board.
Giving a new twist to the Beku-Beda divide, Srikanth Narasimhan, General Secretary of Bengaluru Apartment Federation (BAF), said that he, representing 400 apartment complexes and 70,000 flats, stood for the Beku brigade, but asking for trains, buses and metro.
The #BAFHalfBucketChallenge thrown by the Bangalore Apartments’ Federation highlights growing concerns over water scarcity in the city as the summer sets in.
Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF), which has about 400 apartment complexes as its members, has launched a #BAFHalfBucketChallenge inviting its member residents and others to bathe with just half a bucket of water everyday.
Earlier initiatives of BAF included using of tap water aerators to reduce the amount of water coming out of the tap and preventing splashing.
The event saw the launch of the Campaign – Fire Risk Assessments for Apartments. The campaign is a collaboration between Beyond Carlton, Bengaluru Apartments Federation (BAF), Citizen Matters, Jain University and When it Strikes.
With increasing instances of conflict between pet owners and other residents, Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF) has come up with a set of pet ownership guidelines in apartments.
Bangalore Apartments' Federation (BAF) has taken the lead to make Bengaluru sustainable. BAF on Saturday held a day-long event by organising – BAMBOOS (Bengaluru Apartments Making Bengaluru Operationally Outstanding & Sustainable) to showcase various initiatives to be undertaken collectively.
Bangalore Apartments Federation has launched ‘Bengaluru Apartments Making Bengaluru Operationally Outstanding and Sustainable’ (BAMBOOS), a new initiative to improve the city. The programme was launched by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun and BESCOM MD C Shikha at Dr BR Ambedkar Bhavan in Vasanth Nagar on Saturday.
On Saturday, Bescom managing director C Shikha and mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun launched the rooftop solar project mooted by the Bangalore Apartments' Federation (BAF) at the inaugural of the programme, Bengaluru Apartments Making Bengaluru Operationally Outstanding and Sustainable (BAMBOOS).
BAF has been working with the state government to make the process of getting approvals to set up the solar power plant simpler.
This, after Bangalore Apartment Federation (BAF) representatives Srikanth Narasimhan (General Secretary, BAF), Muralidhar Rao (Vice President, BAF) and Prof. Rajagopalan (L&T South City & BAF representative) held a meeting with Rajendra Cholan (Bescom MD), Thippeswamy (Superintending Engineer, Bescom) and 10 Bescom officials on July 11.
Bangalore Apartments' Federation (BAF), an umbrella body of 276 apartments, said residents were more enthusiastic than before. BAF's Vikram Rai said the efforts of member associations had borne fruit in drawing more apartment residents to to enrol on the voters' list and exercise their franchise.
Bangalore Apartments' Federation (BAF), a Federation representing the interests of hundreds of apartment complexes across the city, organised a political debate on an Apartment Residents Charter on Sunday in which prominent political leaders also took part.
“All the politicians concurred that the issues raised by the Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF) were relevant and assured us that these issues would be looked into and potentially included in the manifestos of the respective parties,” a statement from the BAF said.
Srikanth Narasimhan, General Secretary of Bangalore Apartments' Federation, said the event had two aims - one, making the political class aware of the issues faced by apartment residents, and the other, making the vote of every resident count during the election.
Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF), a federation representing apartment associations in the city, has created an ‘Apartment Residents Charter’ — a charter of demands to political parties from apartment residents, specifically on “discrimination and harassment” that they face by civic agencies.
Briefing newspersons after a detailed presentation made by Bengaluru Apartments Federation, an umbrella organisation of 200 apartment associations in the City, on the impracticality of installing STPs in old apartments, Bengaluru Development Minister K J George said apartment complexes connected to the sewage network of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board do not have to install them retrospectively.
The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) came under attack from the members of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for the second time in as many months.
At the monthly council meeting on Monday, members cutting across party lines criticised the BWSSB for making the installation of sewage treatment plants (STPs) mandatory for existing apartment complexes with more than 50 units built prior to February 2016 and 20 units for those built post that period.
Perhaps for first time ever, the city witnessed a series of protests wherein residents, under the aegis of Bangalore Apartments' Federation hit the streets to protest the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board's (BWSSB) directive to install Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in apartments with more than 50 Flats.
Video coverage of the Apartment Rally held on December 2, 2017 all across Bangalore city.
Bangalore Apartments' Federation (BAF) organised a peaceful protest across the city against the government's order making STPs mandatory with retrospective effect without taking into consideration structural integrity and strength of the buildings.
More than a thousand residents of apartment complexes formed a human chain at 30 locations, including in JP Nagar, Koramangala, HSR layout and Old Airport Road, on Saturday, protesting against the order of civic agencies making installation of Sewage Treatment Plants mandatory for old apartment complexes too.
The rally, organised by the Bangalore Apartments Federation (BAF), highlighted several civic issues, including 300% higher water tariff on apartments compared to individual houses.
Thousands of residents of apartments in Bengaluru took to the streets to stage a silent protest on Sunday. They formed a human chain in 30 locations in the city over concerns including introduction of new rules for having sewage treatment plants (STP) in old apartments, other existing STP norms, water tariff and irregular garbage collection.
Hundreds of apartment dwellers in Bengaluru protested over BWSSB’s decision to make sewage treatment plants mandatory in complexes having more than 50 units. Hundreds of apartment dwellers across Bengaluru took to the streets on Saturday morning, protesting against the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board’s (BWSSB) decision to make Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) mandatory for all apartment complexes having more than 50 units.
Yielding to pressure from apartment residents in the city, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has withdrawn notices served to some apartments for not installing sewage treatment plants (STPs).....
Hundreds of apartment complexes across the city are set to participate in a rally, which will serve as a platform for residents to voice their concerns with regard to civic agencies.
The Bangalore Apartments' Federation (BAF), which represents hundreds of apartment complexes across Bengaluru, is organising an Apartment Rally between 9.30 am and 11 am on Saturday to make their voice heard on the harassment they are being subjected to by government and civic agencies.
In a report submitted to the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the state government has classified 319 apartments in the lake’s catchment area as ‘polluters’ although all of them let out sewage to BWSSB’s underground drainage. To know more read this article...
In this guest column by Srikanth Narasimhan, General Secretary of BAF, BWSSB & KSPCB are asked to focus on real issues surrounding lake pollution and not issue random notices & notifications on apartments, which do not have any bearing on lake pollution.
Meanwhile, the Bangalore Apartments' Federation (BAF), which represents nearly 150 apartment complexes in the city , is on the verge of questioning the legality of the SWM cess. “ A system of incentive will always work better than one that imposes something,“ BAF general secretary Srikanth Narasimhan said, who added that the Brigade Paramount apartment where he lives composts its wet waste.
BAF WANTS TO KNOW WHAT PROBLEMS BWSSB IS TRYING TO ADDRESS - If it is lake pollution, old apartments constructed in 70s, 80s and 90s are not causing lake pollution as they are already connected to underground drain (UGD) provided by the BWSSB.
With the BWSSB making STPs mandatory for all apartments with 50 flats and above, for the existing and upcoming ones, members of the Bangalore Apartments Federation are planning to take the legal route against the water board. They say that apart from the cost barrier, space too is a big constraint and the rule should not be applied for older apartments.
"The absurdity of the notification can be summarised with three ‘I’s – it is illegal, impractical and illogical!", opines Srikanth Narasimhan, General Secretary, Bangalore Apartments' Federation!
Members of Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF) said that it is practically impossible for the existing apartments having 50 and more residential units to set up STPs.
Many apartment owners, including members of Bangalore Apartments' Federation (BAF), had been opposing the STP rule, terming it as illegal, illogical and impractical. Some of them have even approached the high court seeking relief.
"The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board's (BWSSB) move making sewage treatment plants (STPs) and dual piping mandatory for apartment complexes with 50 units or more with retrospective effect is absurd.", opines Srikanth Narasimhan, General Secretary, Bangalore Apartments' Federation.
Bangalore Apartments Federation (BAF) has submitted an objection letter to BWSSB, contesting the civic body’s draft notification dated March 15. That notification relaxes the number of apartment units that must install sewage treatment plants (STPs) and dual piping systems with retrospective effect to 50 from 20. But as BAF points out, the number of apartments is not the issue, the retrospective notification is.
The April 8 panel discussion with experts on the subject of retrospective sewage treatment plants (STPs) & dual-piping implementation saw a large turnout from members of the public. Organised by the Bangalore Apartments Federation (BAF) to start a public dialogue and to get experts to weigh in on the matter, the public discussion saw not only the contentious matter discussed and dissected, but also offered solutions.
BAF, however, contends that this move is neither economically nor environmentally feasible, and that the imposition of such hefty penalties are unfair because when the apartments were constructed, they followed all the requisite norms.
Over 100 apartment complexes under the banner of Bangalore Apartments Federation (BAF) have petitioned Chief Minister Shri. Siddaramaiah against BWSSB's rules on installation of sewage treatment plants (STPs) and dual pipelines, and payment of retrospective tax and hefty penalties. The petition on Change.org has garnered 744 signatures since Wednesday.