City markets raise a stink as garbage piles up

City markets raise a stink as garbage piles up

The garbage crisis in the City’s markets continued, even while the streets wore a relatively clean look on Tuesday.

At KR Puram, traders said garbage had not been lifted since two days, as a result of which around one tonne of waste was lying uncleared.

Yele Srinivas of KR Puram Market Association said the Mandur garbage protest and inefficient garbage contractors were to be blamed for the ongoing situation.

“We are planning to hold a protest on Wednesday against the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike,” he said.

At KR Market, there were more than 10 tonnes of waste uncleared, and at Russell Market, around 60 tonnes of dry and wet waste were left unattended for the past three days.

Traders claimed that trucks loaded with waste were stationed near the market as the drivers were unwilling to take them to Mandur.

At Malleswaram market, too, five tonnes of waste was lying uncleared. Jayanagar Shopping Complex did not face much of a problem as the waste generated in the market is processed at plants located in Jayanagar V Block and Byrasandra, traders said.

The chief engineers of the Palike zones, who had earlier faced the wrath of the residents, on Tuesday said the situation had improved as they had not received any complaints.

Mahadevpura zone chief engineer Munikrishna said around 50 per cent of waste collected in his zone was cleared by Tuesday. Garbage trucks are being allowed into Mandur landfill area from June 2 night with police protection, he said.

East Zone Palike officers, too, said the situation had improved.

The only zone unaffected by the Mandur protest was Bommanahalli.

The waste collected does not go to Mandur but to the Lakshmipura landfill.

Hence, there have been no complaints so far, Bommanahalli zone chief engineer Jayaram said.

City in-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy said steps would be taken to remove waste from the markets shortly.