On Thursday at Rani Chennamma Circle, a group of ten rag pickers managed to earn ₹20,000 within a span of just five hours.
On Wednesday, as a part of Karnataka Rajyotsava, a significant crowd assembled at Rani Channamma Circle. The following day, ten ragpickers retrieved the plastic bottles they had discarded after consuming water. A staggering amount of over two tons of bottles were collected between the hours of 3 am and 8 am.
According to Manmantha Kaladagi, the environmental engineer of the Belagavi City Corporation (BCC), a rate of ₹10 per kg will be charged for plastics. By giving 2,000 kg bottles, a total of ₹20,000 was earned. Each of the ten rag pickers received ₹2,000. This information was shared with Prajavani – a kannada Daily..
The City Corporation has issued identity cards to a total of 475 rag pickers Normally, these people earns a maximum of ₹200 per day. However, during the Rajyotsava celebration, there was excessive waste generated by the attendees.
In addition, a total of 200 kg of flower waste, along with over 100 kg of torn slippers, plastic bags, wasted food items, and similar materials, were transported using BCC vehicles. These items were sold to scrap dealers during the evening.
Commissioner Ashoka Dudgunti instructed the placement of large bins along the routes of the Rajyotsava procession to collect 100 kg of waste materials. He emphasized that this measure effectively prevented pollution and preserved the city’s beauty by ensuring waste did not spoil the surroundings..