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35 tonnes of wet waste cleared from APMC yard

Bangalore, July 27, 2014, DHNS:  2:35 IST
Palike workers spray insecticide at the APMC market yard  in Yeshwantpur on Sunday. DH Photo
The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike on Sunday took up an intensive cleaning drive at the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee in Yeshwantpur, for the first time in the history of the market set up in 1979.

The Palike, on the request of APMC Yard Merchants’ Association, deployed men, trucks and tractors to lift the garbage in and around the 83-acre market area.

Around 35 tonnes of wet waste was collected during the four-hour cleanliness drive which began at 9 am. Insecticide was sprayed across the market yard to control mosquito breeding. Every day, two to three tonnes of waste is generated at the yard which has as many as 2,000 shops.

“The APMC yard started functioning in 1979. However, the civic agency in the past, had not taken any steps to collect the waste. Hence, we sent a memorandum on July 23 to Mayor B S Satyanarayana about the condition of the market. He directed the cleanliness drive,” said Vice President of APMC Yard Merchants’ Association, Muneer Ahmed.

Besides, a meeting was held with Palike engineers, BWSSB officers, MLA of Mahalakshmi Layout constituency, K Gopalaiah, and APMC members. The members highlighted the civic problems plaguing the market, such as mosquito menace, bad condition of the roads, lack of toilets, water and streetlights.

Gopalaiah said that he would request Palike Commissioner M Lakshminarayana and City-in-charge minister Ramalinga Reddy to inspect the market.

“We will hold cleaning drives at the APMC yard premises regularly like at KR Market,” he said.

President of the APMC Yard Merchants’ Association, B L Shankarappa said that though the merchants of the market were paying tax totalling Rs two crore annually to the civic agency, they were not provided with any amenities.

The mayor who was supposed to monitor the cleaning programme, was not present.

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