Why KHUSHI PARISARA and waste management?

Because waste, in its infinite varieties, is the biggest threat to environment.

Then, after the Solid & Plastic Waste Management Rules, the Karnataka Police Act, the Karnataka Municipalities Act, KP has elaborated a comprehensive MoU  shared last January with stakeholders, reminding (rather requesting) more or less simple actions, among which to model public behavioural change through good example.

To solve Kumta and Gokarna waste and sanitation management KHUSHI PARISARA supplied methods, tools, material, information and ideas to plan and implement a programme, trying to go beyond the scope of conventional solutions, namely:

  • Identified and assessed the main snags (e.g.: SWM, sanitation, psycho-socio-anthropological profile of the different stakeholders, current local practices, etc)
  • Created a data base of rules, guidelines and successful ventures
  • Drew prioritized solutions
  • Fixed a tentative timeline
  • Created a webportal to share knowledge on Parisara
  • elaborated a MoU for all Stakeholders (both in EN and KN)
  • prepared, printed and distributed handbill (KN)
  • prepared, printed and handed to TMC, varied warning boards and handbills (KN)
  • prepared banners (KN)
  • prepared posters (KN+EN)
  • composed several slide shares (EN & KN) for outreach work
  • organized a Seminar on Alternatives to Plastics and Landfill (bio-gas, composting, recycling and bagasse industry)
  • prepared emergency bins to collect plastic bottles, batteries, generic plastics & paper.
  • network with rag dealers and rag pickers to prepare the recycling wing (to value, train, include)
  • invited secondary stakeholders to model behaviour through their own example
  • widely spread information on dangers of burning waste
  • prepared a good practices chart for Offices
  • instructed office’s staff on cleanliness
  • made remediation proposals
  • launched ZERO WASTE KUMTA at Taluka Panchayat
  • Met several times with DC, AC, CO, EE, PCI, PDOs, PSI, Regional KSPCB, to recommend and plan strategic actions
  • Met with pourakarmikas, rag dealers & rag pickers
  • Prepared and shared several check-lists for follow-ups
  • Prepared a “Clean Shivaratri” and a “Clean Rama Navami” at Gokarna, namely
    • fixing boards
    • providing loud announcement related to plastics
    • fixing plastic bottles emergency bins
    • fixing awareness plastic bottles statue
    • preparing and fixing banners
    • preparing, fixing and distributing posters
    • fixing general dustbins



Parallel and simultaneous to our own outreach work, trying to involve our Administration Officers




FIRST STEP: to know who is accountable for the current situation:

  1. violations, and enforcement, of Plastic law in Town
  2. clog of drains and toilets sewage into them
  3. enforcement of rules & regulations related to waste, sound, plastics
  4. allot land for storing, sorting and dumping wastes
  5. assign land for eventual recycling plants & biogas units
  6. help TMC to identify key options and needful financial support

SECOND STEP: to know who can solve, and when, the current situation:

  1. up-cycle unusable public toilets
  2. assess conformity of project with executed Underground Drainage System
  3. take a preliminary step for modelling public behaviour
  4. seize plastics at source
  5. stop burning waste on streets
  6. remove the massive trash dumped on drains
  7. register Rag Pickers
  8. incorporate outsource pourakarmikas
  9. provide eco-points (plastic bottles, paper, batteries, e-waste, etc.)
  10. urgently fix suitable bins for supplementary collection
  11. fully instruct TMC officers, workers & counsellors on S&PWM Rules
  12. notify denizens that littering, dumping & waste burning are criminal offences
  13. massive warning campaign on new rules & bye-laws (boards, banners, loud announce)
  14. notify shopkeepers to keep bins and do not litter on road or drain
  15. notify vegetables, flowers, chicken shops + fish market, to compost/methanize their waste
  16. properly structure rag dealers and rag pickers segments
  17. manage hard recyclables with rag dealers (glass, bulbs, road plastics, wrappers, etc.)
  18. re-model door-to-door approach (wet & dry) and supplementary waste town collection 

Structural : provision of trained Waste Manager and Health Officer



FIRST STEP: to know who is accountable for the current situation:

same points 1. 2. 3. requested also to DC

SECOND STEP: to know who can solve, and when, the current situation at KUMTA

same 18 points requested to DC



  1. Enforce GP members to urgently comply with SWM Rules and PRAct (Gokarna & Kalbhag)
  2. Enforce Gokarna GP members to comply with PWM Rules taking a zero plastics stance
  3. Call coastal engineering expertise for a sound & sustainable Gokarna Sangam remediation project
  4. Involve coastal GPs and TP of UK on a joint program for Marine Trash prevention and remediation
  5. Tackle the massive SRZ violations
  6. Mobilize the needful Task force for Gokarna waste awareness program (June, July,August)
  7. Thorough clean-up of chronic massive dumping places at Alvedande (mapped by KP 2016)
  8. Fix warnings and fences at those places (Alvedande)
  9. End of chronic open toilets (Gokarna & Alvedande)
  10. Enforce waste management of bulk wet generators (Bhojana + HSchool + Hotels + Santhe market) (Gokarna)
  11. Hospital upgrade + Ambulance (Gokarna)




  1. end of chronic “open toilets” and of their sewage to the drains
  2. enforce management of waste of Bhojana dumped into the river
  3. stop dumping waste into all water bodies
  4. task-force for SWM awareness program
  5. upgrade the Centre
  6. functional ambulance


  1. survey drains at Fish market and around
  2. drains clogged – mosquitos breeding
  3. survey sewage of temples & toilets into drains (Ratha bidi, Mahalasa, etc.)
  4. massive burning of undifferentiated trash + plastics at streets by TMC & public
  5. massive dumping of trash at chronic spots
  6. absence of public toilets



Survey, report and instruct KMC + Gokarna & Kalbhag GP for waste pollution remediation



same points 1. 2. 3. of DC, and AC +

Survey and fine dirt, waste, stones or building materials thrown on the streets & public places



  1. up-cycle unusable public toilets
  2. assess conformity of project with executed Underground Drainage System
  3. take a preliminary step for modelling public behaviour

same as points 4. to 10. requested to DC

  1. Information and notification

same points from 11. to 15. requested to DC


same points from 16. to 18. requested to DC



  1. Instruct GP workers and elected members on SW& Plastic M Rules, 2016
  2. Notify GP members to create the penal framework for Plastics and SW Management violations (viz., littering, dumping, burning)
  3. Notify immediately all the population, by all available means, that littering, dumping and burning waste are offences under SWM Rules (2000 & 2016), fixing warning boards at the most critical places.



  1. Enforce
  • Santhe market leftovers management
  • Bhojana wet waste management
  • HSchool wet waste management
  • Segregation of waste at all temples
  1. Clean the nala banks dumping spots & put posters
  2. Clean the GP dumping place at belle hittala
  3. Fence the GP dumping place at belle hittala
  4. Take a plastics zero-tolerance stance
  5. Provide last end sanna belle collection bi-monthly
  6. Fix different zones for dry and wet waste at the current dumping place
  7. Fix all posters provided and distribute handbill
  8. Close monitor plastic bottles bins
  9. Notify Bustand people to keep premises clean
  10. Notify shopkeepers to keep bins and not litter on road or drain
  11. Notify temples
  • to ban plastic bags inside premises
  • treat waste according to the rules
  1. Notify & collect waste dumped at beach by shacks
  2. Provide loud announcement on running waste scheme


Taluka Panchayat Executive Officer cooperation is the one that should be noticed and followed, namely the adoption of the Chart for Offices Good Practices

[1] KP interaction with local administration and local bodies on 2015-2016 was detailed on the letter to our Honourable PM. (PMOPG/E/2016/0210031)