Travelling through the trash

Travelling through the trash

The authorities never seem to find a solution to the garbage crisis in the City. There are several places affected by this problem with the latest being the area near Fun World on Jayamahal Road.

The road here stinks with heaps of rotten vegetables, fruits, plastic and paper which haven’t been cleared for days together. A number of campaigns haven’t made a difference to the place. People continue to dump garbage at the nearest available space.    

This problem is bothering business establishments in the vicinity. Mohammad Faizal, Manager, Fun World, states that repeated complaints to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have fallen on deaf ears. “This garbage comes from the temporary mango market which was erected during the mango season. The vendors litter the place and leave after the seasonal sale is over. This has not affected our business but what is important is that the garbage needs to be cleared on time,” he says. 

Even those who pass this way on a regular basis say that the stench is unbearable. Poornima, a professional who takes this route on a daily basis, says, “I pass this area on my way to work everyday and it is dirty, especially during the rainy season. The only way I can go past this place is by covering my nose with a handkerchief.” She adds, “During weekends, vendors put up stalls of vegetables and fruits. After the weekend sales are over, they leave behind waste and dirt.”

Says M Lakshminarayana, Commissioner, BBMP, “I didn’t know about the situation. I will look into the matter and do the needful.” The road from Jayamahal extension to Mekhri Circle is being widened to accommodate the increasing traffic. People in the vicinity say that the road widening project has left behind a lot of muck. 

During the rainy season, the waste from the construction work mixes with the garbage and this serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. 

Besides, the unfinished stretches of the road are risky especially for two-wheeler riders who can skid and lose their balance. Lakshminarayana agrees that the work on this stretch needs to speed up.

“This road-widening project is pending before the Supreme Court. We cannot start work on it unless we get a clearance from them,” Lakshminarayana.   

But people aren’t ready to buy these excuses. “Traffic during the peak hours is pathetic. We are stuck on this stretch for more than 20 minutes and I can see people covering their nose,” says Ramaswamy, a bus conductor.

   Anusha, who passes this stretch regularly, says she dreads walking on the road. “This road is ridden with potholes which are filled with water. When vehicles drive past, they splash water on pedestrians making it difficult and messy to walk.”

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