Local Indian Administrators Bid to Clean Up Bangalore Using Blockchain

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The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) the local administrative body in the Indian city of Bangalore is to pilot a blockchain solution to combat garbage problems in the city.

Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru, is the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka. It has a population of over ten million, making it a megacity and the third most populous city and fifth most populous urban agglomeration in India.

India’s Silicon Valley continues to pay a huge price for its multinational IT success, becoming a city overflowing with uncollected waste after years of unchecked growth. The BBMP has decided it is finally time to take action, by employing the technology that Bengaluru has become globally renown for in order to address the worsening rubbish accumulation.

The pilot will be funded by non-profit Citizen Involved & Technology Assisted Governance (CITAG) with the assistance of funding from a Harvard University fellowship. BBMP Special Commissioner Randeep D spoke of the project, explaining:

“Blockchain technology will make it tamper-proof. So all players on the platform can see actions that have been taken regarding a complaint. There is a lot of data integrity and transparency involved in having such a blockchain-based helpline. Different stages of the redressal will be visible to everybody.”

GR Chandran, the co-founder of CITAG, said the pilot is expected to be underway by June of this year and expects the complaints procedure will now indicate who is handling the issue concerning garbage removal along with a resolution date, which if not met, will be raised further with the BBMP. A ratings/review system will be put in place so that requests for collection can be reviewed by complainants.


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