Bengaluru: People must get a No-objection Certificate from civic authorities to host the event, besides paying a solid waste management fee of Rs 2,000 if more than 100 people attend it. The organizers are also responsible for ensuring waste segregation at source and handing over the segregated waste to specified collectors/agencies.BBMP officials admitted that neither has anyone sought an NOC under this clause from Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 nor have they acted against anyone for breaching the rule. Civic officials also admitted that not many of them, especially those in the lower rungs, are even aware of the rule.
In July 2015, at the peak of the garbage crisis in the city, BBMP issued a public notification on similar lines. The notification stated that any public event that has more than 5,000 participants must be informed to the BBMP and permitted by it along with a security deposit ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 3 lakh depending on the number of participants.
The BBMP refunds the deposit within seven days after the end of event, subject to the organizer fulfilling their obligations. This is applicable to events held at Freedom Park, open grounds, parks, palace grounds, streets and public utility earmarked lands belonging to the BBMP.
The notification said the organizer was expected to ensure placement of adequate waste collection bins with signage and adequate public conveniences at her own cost. Cleaning staff had to be deployed and the organizer has to return the premises in a clean state. Failure to do so would result in forfeiture of the deposit.
No person shall organise an event or gathering of more than 100 persons at any unlicensed place without intimating the local body, at least three working days in advance and such person or the organizer of such event shall ensure segregation of waste at source and handing over of segregated waste to waste collector or agency as specified by the local body.